Aberystwyth Robotics Week 2020

Four-wheel pioneer robot driving along a running track

20-26th June, 2020

We are celebrating UK Robotics Week with a range of events and activities for all ages throughout the week.

Covid-19 Update

Unfortunately we are not able to host the existing face to face activites. However,  we are currently developing a series of alternative events and activies based on the initial schedule. Please check back here for updates.



For UK Robotics Week, we are planning a week-long programme of events that celebrate Aberystwyth University's research and outreach work in robotics.

Saturday Beach Lab
Monday Film and Panel
Tuesday Robot Craft
Wednesday The Robot Olympics (Primary)
Thursday The Robot Olympics (Secondary)

Robot Olympics

Date: 24 and 25th June 2020

LocationCeredigion Museum and Aberystwyth University


Engineer a robot to take part in our robotics challenges.

A competition for teams from local primary and secondary schools - if your school wants to participate, please contact us at roboticsweek@aber.ac.uk.

Robot Craft

Date: 23/06/20 16:00-18:00

LocationCeredigion Museum (TBC)


Craft your own model robot from whatever parts you can find in our scrapheap of paper, pens, and craft supplies.

This is a family drop-in workshop suitable for humans from ages 5-105, £1 per robot.

From Fiction to Reality

Date: 22/06/20 16:00-21:00

Location: Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Showing of a film addressing issues related to robotics.  The screening will take place in the Arts Centre cinema, followed by a panel discussion.

As part of UK Robotics week 2019, Aberystwyth University presents “From Fiction to Reality”; a film and panel night, showing Chappie, with an opportunity to ask the experts about the latest developments in AI and Robotics. Panel members will be available in the theatre bar afterwards for further questions.

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Film tickets must be purchased from the Arts Centre.

6.00pm - 8.00pm: Showing of Film 'Chappie' in the Cinema

8.00pm - 9.00pm: Expert Panel talking about the film and taking questions.

9.00pm onwards: Discussion continues informally in Theatre Bar. 






Dr Patricia Shaw

Expert in Humanoid Robotics and Developmental AI

Chaired by:


Natalie Roberts

Outreach coordinator for the Institute of Maths, Physics and Computer Science

Beach Lab

Date: 20/06/20 10:00-16:00

Location: Aberystwyth Bandstand


Spend the day at the beach with the robots and humans from the Aberystwyth Robotics Club!


More details to be confirmed

Creative Competitions

Short Story

(400 words)

Write a short story on one of the following topics:

  • Living in the future with robots
  • An adventure with a robot
  • My friend is a robot

Design a Robot


Create a poster displaying your design for a robot with a brief description of its skills. For example, your robot could be:
  • An outdoor robot
  • A space robot
  • A companion robot


All entries must include Name, Age, and email contact.

Prizes will be awarded in the following age categories:

  • Under 5 yrs old
  • 5-7 yrs old
  • 8-10 yrs old
  • 11-13 yrs old
  • 14-16 yrs old
  • 17+ yrs old

Submit your Work

To enter the Short Story and Design Competition, you should email your story or poster (as a PDF) to roboticsweek@aber.ac.uk by 1st June 2020 

Winners will be announced on Monday 15th June 2020

Prizes will be awarded at Beach Lab on Saturday 20th June 2020

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