FIRST Illinois Robotics Students to Demonstrate at the 2016 ASSEMBLY Show

The ASSEMBLY Show will be showcasing robotics in manufacturing at the 2016 event, taking place Tuesday, October 25 - Thursday, October 27 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.  During the opening night Welcome Reception, high school students from FIRST Illinois Robotics programs will demonstrate the robots they have built, which are using technology applicable for assembly manufacturing. Proceeding the reception, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, there will be a Collaborative Robotics Workshop, featuring speakers from FANUC, ABB Robotics, Universal Robots and KUKA Robotics Corp.

"The ASSEMBLY Show is proud to be featuring the FIRST Illinois robotics teams at the 2016 event," said Tom Esposito, publisher of ASSEMBLY Magazine, sponsor of the event. "FIRST is a great program that encourages students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields and enhance their 21st century work-life skills and we welcome them to The ASSEMBLY Show. We are also pleased to be offering a focused workshop on the use of collaborative robotics in assembly manufacturing."

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

"The founder of FIRST, Dean Kamen, launched this program to 'transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders,'" said Dan Green, Executive Director, FIRST Illinois Robotics.  "Our students are excited to demonstrate the robots they have built and the technology they have learned to professionals in assembly manufacturing where robotics is making a big impact."

The demonstrations will take during The "Taste of Rosemont" Welcome Reception - on Tuesday, October 25 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. In addition to seeing the demonstrations, participants will sample local fare and get a sneak peek of the various exhibits, tools and displays.

In addition to welcoming FIRST Robotics, the ASSEMBLY Show will also offer a workshop focused on Collaborative Robotics, one of the hottest segment of the robotics industry. Many engineers are intrigued by the potential of next-generation machines equipped with state-of-the-art sensor technology that allows robots to operate side-by-side with people. However, the technology is clouded by several myths and misperceptions. In this workshop, attendees will learn what this technology can and cannot do, and how manufacturers are using the technology now.

Industry professionals are invited to register for The ASSEMBLY Show for free to see new technology and products, meet with vendors and suppliers who can answer on-the-spot questions and interact directly with working equipment and machinery.

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