April 5, 2018: 6:30 pm, free, open to the public

Keynote Address kicks off RoboRAVE New York events

Kick off RoboRAVE New York with us!

On Thursday, April 5 at 6:30 pm in the Oxford Academy Middle School auditorium, the public is cordially invited to join us for the RoboRAVE New York keynote address presented by guest speakers from RoboRAVE International, NASA's Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, and Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. Our presenters will address the theme "Why Robotics?" and will be available for questions.

Full schedule link: http://roboraveny.org/

Saturday events schedule (scroll down).

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Russ Fisher-Ives

In 2001, Fisher-Ives, along with teachers Fabian Lopez and Chris Bandy, began the New Mexico RoboRAVE robotics competition to provide workshops for training New Mexico teachers and students how to design and program autonomous robots. From 2001-2007 the New Mexico RoboRAVE was held twice yearly but it kept growing. Students from Mexico followed by teams from other countries worldwide began participating, so in 2008 the event was changed to the annual RoboRAVE International, a competition always held the first weekend of May. It is now the largest RoboRAVE competition in New Mexico, and the hub for RoboRAVE competitions held all over the world.

In 2003 Fisher-Ives became the co-director of the New Mexico Host committee for the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held in Albuquerque while concurrently serving as the co-director of RoboRAVE International. In 2007 he retired from the Rio Rancho School District to serve as the full-time president of Inquiry Facilitators and director of RoboRAVE International.

Joseph Minafra

Joseph Minafra serves as Lead of Innovation and Technical Partnerships for the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) at NASA Ames Research Center. Joe has an extremely diverse background that includes developing technical systems for collaborative research, meteoritic studies, biology, project management, software development including user interface design, scientific illustration, and even a few years as a professional chef.

With his varied background, Joe has been responsible for a broad set of technical tasks for the NASA Ames Center Director as well as the Space and BioSciences Divisions. Currently, he oversees technology innovation to enable collaboration and communication between competitively selected science and research teams across not only the United States, but internationally as well. Joe has a long history of integrating government work with commercial enterprises and bringing that message to the public through the education and public outreach sectors.

Chendra Garikipati

Chendra Garikipati is Program Manager for Glaucoma Innovation at Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc. He has over 20 years of work experience in engineering, technology, and industry, including machine control systems, large-scale software systems, and project management. Currently, he is leading cross-functional teams to design, develop, and launch ophtalmic diagnostic services to worldwide markets.

For the past three years, Chendra has been involved with RoboRAVE International and organizes RoboRAVE events in California and India, where he is passionate about bringing technology education to the underprivileged around the world. Chendra's current projects include capturing RoboRAVE knowledge and expertise in engaging STEM education in an accessible, affordable, scalable platform (N2 Cafe), and the Village to Valley program providing resources to tools to allow children in resource-poor schools to have access to quality robotics education.


RoboRAVE is a robotics education program to teach students and teachers how to design, build, program, and test robots to perform a variety of tasks. It is also an international robotics competition for teams of kids (ages 8 and up) or adults to test their designs and programming in one or more competitive challenges.

Team registration is FREE in 2018. Spectator admission is FREE in 2018. The Saturday competition will be held in the Oxford Academy High School gym (50 South Washington Street, Oxford, NY 13830). Concessions during the competition will be available.

RoboRAVE New York aims to reduce barriers to robotics education and competition by inviting open platform robotics to compete in multiple challenges. Off-the-mat competitive opportunities include RoboEthics and Entrepreneurial challenges.

Learn about RoboRAVE New York, the challenges, the schedule, team registration, and more at our website: http://roboraveny.org/

EVENTS SCHEDULE for SATURDAY, APRIL 7, in the Oxford Academy high school gym

Times approximate:

8-9:30 am: Check in and practice

9 am: Track monitor meeting with Director Russ Fisher-Ives

10 am: Opening Ceremony

After Opening till about 3:30 pm: competition, scoring, and tournaments (all teams eligible!)

About 3:30 pm: Awards/Prizes and Closing Ceremony


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RoboRAVE New York

RoboRAVE New York is the hub for RoboRAVE competitions in New York State, and the site of the first ever RoboRAVE New York competition on April 7, 2018. Teams of all ages and skill levels will use open platform robotics to compete in multiple challenges at Oxford Academy and Central Schools.