The DARPA Robotics Challenge will hold its 2015 finals June 5-6 in Pomona, California. DARPA is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a part of the Defense Department focused on leading edge research in a number of fields. Over 10 years ago started conducting competitions in driverless automobiles through competitions, and the Robotics Challenge is an offshoot of that effort. Like the 2012 Challenge, this year the focus is on automated robots that can perform critical tasks in situations where communications from humans may be compromised.
As you might guess, those interested in competing are already well engaged in the process. But high school students interested in this work have an opportunity to see it up close and personal (H/T White House). DARPA is looking for 2-3 minute videos from students in grades 9-12 (in schools in the U.S. and its territories) that describe the kind of robot-assisted society that the entrants want to see. Entries will be judged on clarity of ideas, creativity of presentation and quality of the video. You have until April 1 to submit your entry.