Softec, the Central Coast’s premier software and technology association, invites you and your kids to celebrate the 10th Annual Student Robotics EXPO. Come and help celebrate this year’s theme “Robots and Sports.”

SoftecOn Monday, September 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alex Madonna Inn Expo Center, our world renown local high school robotics clubs will demonstrate their competitive robots from F.I.R.S.T, VEX EDR.

This spectacular event also features junior high and elementary robotics teams who use educational robotic leagues VEX IQ & FIRST® LEGO® League to advance STEM in schools!

Meet local organization who continue to support Robotics and Technology in education including: The Society of Women Engineers, Cal Poly Robotics club, SLO Makerspace and Cuesta College.

In addition to $13,000 in grants distributed to each team, participants and teams will also be competing for best in theme for “Robots and Sports.”

Enjoy interactive stations for hands on experience with drones, robots, Virtual Reality and other special activities. We will also have a special visit from SLO County Sheriff Bomb Squad; they will be demonstrating the capabilities of their bomb handling robot.

Race your drone through the course and compete for the best time! Our Drone Arena with obstacle course is sponsored by Digital West and is sure to provide additional thrills.

Electric Vehicles will be on display in the top parking lot. If you have an EV, bring it and you will be able to park in this lot as well.

Our partner, MINDBODY software, is our title sponsor along with PG&E’s FIRST Robotics Partnership as our trusted sponsor. The Santa Maria Chamber will help nourish the minds as well as the bellies of robotic students as a sponsor for students pre-game. Thanks to all of our generous corporate sponsors we will be distributing over $13,000 in scholarships to student clubs at the event. Softec has sponsored high school robotics teams since 2004 giving more than $49,000 of grants to date. We strongly believe that this event helps excite young minds about the technology industry.

Come hungry! You may purchase food from Ta-Dahh Specialty Foods, kid & family friendly food at reasonable prices, at the main entrance to the Expo Center during the event. Food service will begin at 5 p.m.

This event and parking are free. All ages are welcome to discover and participate. We are expecting to exceed last year’s attendance of 800 attendees.

About Softec

Softec is a non-profit organization with over 2,400 members committed to creating and promoting technology events for enthusiasts of all ages throughout the community to connect, network, educate and learn.

Our goal is to cultivate relationships, advocacy, and economic development for the software and technology industries in the Central Coast Region, from Paso to Lompoc, by aligning local businesses, individuals and educational resources in our community to produce a thriving hub of innovation. Softec hosts monthly TechBrews in SLO & Santa Maria spotlighting the community’s latest technologies and Women in Technology events cultivating a culture of collaboration. Our annual events include the Robotics Expo and Women in Tech annual dinner.

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