This page showcases the various community events that our club has participated in ranging from Boy Scout events to hobby shows to academic competitions. The Central Illinois Robotics Club is committed to sharing the excitement of robotics with others and is always seeking opportunities to reach out to the local community. If you know of an upcoming event that would be a good fit for CIRC please contact us and we’ll do our best to attend.
In 2009 ChiBots was once again invited to the iHobby Expo to host their annual Chibotica event and to demonstrate robotics to the event visitors. The CRCA was also once again in attendance hosting their annual Mecha Mayhem combat event. A few CIRC members attended this event as well either as competitors in the various robot competitions or to help demonstrate various robotics projects to the crowds. Some of the highlights of this year’s event included Steve Hassenplug’s Monster Chess, Mike Davey’s Turing machine, and combat robots from Team Whyachi.
October 24, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Community | No comment
The 2010 Boy Scout Illini Jamboree event was held on September 18th in Rantoul, IL. This was the second year that CIRC attended this Boy Scout event and we came prepared with an exciting display of robots. We also brought a pop-up canopy this time which saved us all from the threat of sun burns. The organizers were very happy to have us back again and even gave us a prime spot very close to the camp grounds and other displays.
September 18, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Community | No comment
The LakeView Museum hosted their National Engineers Day event on February 19th. This event falls on National Engineers Week and attracts several local engineering organizations and companies. The goal is to get kids excited about engineering and science and CIRC was on hand to demonstrate some exciting robots.
February 14, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Community | 1 comment
The 2009 Central Illinois Regional FLL (FIRST LEGO League) Tournament took place on December 12th at Bradley University. Some CIRC members participated in this competition as judges and a few others were available to setup a CIRC display advertising our club during this huge event. The CIRC booth got a lot of attention all day thanks to the exciting robot displays and video.
December 12, 2009 at 9:06 pm | Community | No comment
In 2009 the event organizers for the iHobby Expo, the largest hobby expo in the country, invited ChiBots to hold their annual ChiBotica robot competition at the expo. Chibots put out an invitation for anyone interested in helping with their display which intended to showcase the world of robotics to thousands of expo visitors. A few CIRC members were able to attend either to compete in the ChiBotica competition or to showcase their personal creations. This event was an absolute blast with a massive collection of RC cars and planes, model railroads, plastic models, and every other hobby industry you can think of. Along with ChiBots, the CRCA (Chicago Robotic Combat Association) also hosted their annual Mecha-Mayhem competition which featured 1lb and 3lb combat robots.
October 24, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Community | No comment
In the summer of 2009 CIRC was contacted by the organizers of the Illini Boy Scout Jamboree and invited to come share the excitement of robotics. This jamboree is one of the largest Boy Scout events with thousands of scouts, parents, and scout masters. The event was held at an airfield in Rantoul, IL. Thankfully several CIRC members volunteered to make the nearly 2 hour trip out East and some other club members who couldn’t come let us borrow their robots. A big thanks to Jim Frye from Lynxmotion who let us borrow several of his popular kits to display! We were very popular with the scouts who swarmed around the tables all day.
September 12, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Community | 1 comment