MassTech & MassRobotics announce ‘Robot Stories’ student-focused ‘STEMinar’

  • May 19, 2020
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May 19, 2020 - The Innovation Institute at the Mass Tech Collaborative and MassRobotics will broadcast a four-session virtual ‘STEMinar’ that highlights Massachusetts as the leader in the robotics revolution. The ‘Robot Stories’ series is targeted primarily at middle and high school students who get the opportunity to interact with several roboticists about what the future of robotics looks like. The series will be broadcast on Wednesday afternoons starting tomorrow, May 20th, with additional episodes launched on May 27th, June 3rd, and June 10th. Beyond students, the series aims to inspire teachers, parents, and those interested in tech, innovation, and robotics.
Each session will feature a new video, produced by the Innovation Institute at MassTech, that highlights how robots are already critical to our everyday lives, and shows the powerful ecosystem that that exists for robotics companies in Massachusetts. A preview of the new video, as well as information on the Commonwealth’s world-class robotics sector, can be found on MassTech’s website at
The four-week series will build on that theme, telling origin stories about the many robotics founders and companies, the myriad  industries they touch in Massachusetts. Robots boost productivity, increase innovation and quality of life for many; the STEM series will help future entrepreneurs understand the educational and professional paths available to them.
Each week from 3:00 – 3:45 pm the series will highlight a different local robotic icon:
  • Laurie Leshin, President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an alum of NASA’s Mars Rover project;
  • Colin Angle, CEO of Bedford’s iRobot;
  • Helen Greiner, a robotics entrepreneur and expert for the U.S. Army; and
  • Marc Raibert, founder of Boston Dynamics in Waltham.
Each robotics icon will share their passion for robotics, describe how and when they first got into robotics, explain the technology, and talk about their current work. Each of the sessions will be hosted as an interactive video conference session, providing students the opportunity to ask questions of the experts.  
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