Student Opportunities

Robotics Alley

Robotics Alley is a conference held right here in Minneapolis.

On December 1-2, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, more than 500 global leaders in robotics, sensors, and advanced manufacturing will share their insights into the worldwide explosion of robotics and autonomous systems. Activities at the 4th Annual Robotics Alley Conference & Expo will include:  Full Exhibit Hall, VIP Reception, Career Fair and STEM Showcase.

Design and Manufacturing

Design & Manufacturing Minneapolis features the latest technology and services in 3D printing, CAD/CAM/CAE software, CMMs and DMMs, contract manufacturing, laser machines, rapid prototyping, R&D testing equipment and services, making exploring the robust multi-show exhibit floor a MUST ATTEND for manufacturers in all stages of their career. Register today and EXPAND your manufacturing success. (Nov. 4-5, 2015)

Dunwoody 2015 Saturday Robotics Seminars

The Saturday training is available on Oct. 31, Nov. 21 and Dec. 12.  It includes Basic Electricity and Electronics, LabVIEW Programming, Shop Skills & Hand Tools, and Industrial Robotics.


Although it appears that is geared mostly toward adults, you may be able to bring students as well.  There is an event called The Future of Connected Play featuring Sphero the BB-8 Story.  BB-8 is the new robot in Star Wars 7, coming out in December.

Description:  This is the droid you’re looking for. No really. Come hear this amazing story told by Sphero’s Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, Claire leads all marketing, communications, social media and community functions. She has an unparalleled passion to redefine Sphero’s brand, products, and thought leadership in the entertainment robot category.  There will be robots to play with and beer to drink. Networking at 6pm. Claire will begin around 6:30. See you all there, its going to be a blast!

Pre-2016 Kickoff Chairman’s Workshop

When: Saturday, November 7th, 2015. The workshop will be from 10:00-1:00pm with check-in beginning at 9:30am.

Cost: Free to all FRC teams (Lunch will not be provided)

Attire: Your FIRST team shirts or costumes or Chairman’s presentation attire.

Where: University of Minnesota – Bruininks building (222 Pleasant Street SE Minneapolis, MN; formerly STSS)

RSVP by November 6th: You can RSVP at or find a link on our website.

Contact Info: Website – Email –

This event is part of a series of Chairman’s Award-focused workshops which will be held throughout the 2015-2016 season. The first part of this event will include a quick overview of the Chairman’s award and the new changes for the 2016 season, followed by a session for teams to work on their Chairman’s essays with the help and guidance of GOFIRST members with previous Chairman’s experience. The intent of this event is to help teams build their Chairman’s essays in an interactive fashion.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Pratheeksha Mallikarjun and Nick Aarestad

President and Director of Programs, GOFIRST

New academic program at Dunwoody College

Dunwoody College has been approved to offer a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering starting August of 2016. The program will differ from traditional theory-based engineering programs in that it will be hands-on with a very limited class size. The goal is to find 20 engineering/robotics students interested in becoming part of the inaugural cohort. There will be special tuition and scholarship opportunities available for the first group.

Interested students should inquire ASAP by visiting,

There are a few spots remaining for prospective high school seniors or teachers wanting to learn more about the program at the launch event.

Dunwoody Mechanical Engineering Launch Event

When:   Wednesday, 10/21/2015 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: Carl Zeiss 6250 Sycamore Ln N, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Spots are limited, so you must RSVP to attend this unique event.

Interested students should contact E.J. Daigle with any questions:

E.J. Daigle

Dean – Robotics & Manufacturing Technology

Dunwoody College of Technology

818 Dunwoody Blvd.

Minneapolis, MN 55403

Direct:  612.381.8172