Engineers' Week Expo 2013

02/23/2013 10:30
02/23/2013 15:30

IIT, Rice Campus, in Wheaton IL, has once again invited Chibots to exhibit at their annual DuPage Area Engineer's Week Expo. This event has been running for 29 years and provides a venue for all science and engineering groups and professional societies to present engineering concepts to young people. Chibots has been attending for a number of years (4 to 6) and it gets better each year!

Last year IIT provided our group with an entire room. Albeit small, it gave us a chance to have various tables. In no way could we foresee the success! Our small room was packed most of the time. CIRC came from Peoria to showcase their robots, among them the now famous Marble Maze. There was a line of young people waiting their turn at the Marble Maze!

This year the IIT Rice Campus has given us one of their largest (yes... largest!) rooms that they have available so that we can present all of our autonomous electronic wonders. Plus, Chibots will be holding its Spring Chibotica competition. Join us for a fanstastic time!

The expo runs from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Saturday February 23, 2013. Chibots will be located in room 103, ground floor. This room is located towards the rear of the building, near the door that leads to the parking lot. If you enter via the main entrance, go by the atrium down the hall towards the rear. Room 103  is down that corridor. We are now in the planning stage for this event which promises to be a fun and exciting one. The Project Manager for this event is Terry Jackson. Note that this event includes all fields of engineering and is not limited to electronics, mechanical or robotics.

Parking: Free and available behind the institute's building. The later you come, the more difficult it will be to find parking space. You may have to circle around a few times waiting for someone to leave. Recommendation: Come early!

Please contact Terry or a Chibots member if you are planning to exhibit your robots or other electronic devices. We have the space, we have the tables, but need to get organized. Everyone with a robot or interesting electronic device is welcome to come and display it at this event.

IIT Rice Campus address: 201 East Loop Road, Wheaton, IL 60189
More information about the IIT event: 630.682.6013

As mentioned above, the IIT Engineers' Week Expo will be hosting the Spring Chibotica competition. Registration pages are now up for the following contests:

Mini Sumo

Basic line following

Line Maze

Racing Line Following

Robot Talent Show


Humanoid Kung Fu

Note: A contest will be cancelled if there aren't at least three entries. Create a robot profile for your robot then register it in the appropriate contest. Chibots non-member fee is $10 for this event. This fee covers all the competitions for all your robots.

Follow the links above for more information about each contest. Click the "Register a robot" link to reguster your robot. Once there is a schedule defined it will be posted here.

We hope to see you! School groups are welcomed. If you are a school and would would to participate inthis event please contact the President. We look forward to working with schools and organizations that promote science and technology.