Sunnyvale 'Robots on Ice' wants to inspire STEM careers, save local rinks

It’s not every day you get to see robots on and off the ice, but you can on Saturday at Sunnyvale’s Winter Ice Rink.

The second annual "Robots on Ice" event will bring together people of all ages and abilities to show off their robots and support Bay Area ice rinks. Recreation and STEM – or, science, technology, engineering and math – will be on full display.

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"Super exciting to be able to inspire young girls and young guys to pursue careers in STEM," Sarah Feldman, Silicon Valley Ice Skating Association Founder and CEO, Ftold KCBS Radio.

Among the off-ice activities, Girl Scouts can earn their robotics programming badge. The Aragon High School Robotics Club’s three teams and Cupertinkers, members of a Silicon Valley maker group, will also be on hand, showcasing their robots.

The Silicon Valley Ice Skating Association wants to teach kids about careers in STEM, but the organization has another goal. It is also looking to save local ice rinks, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic caused the closure of the Redwood City Nazareth Ice Oasis.

Jay Paul Company, a local developer, is offering two acres of land to Redwood City to open a privately funded ice rink if the city approves his Harbor View development project.

"We've invited a representative from their organization to come to the event and share more information on how the community can help out," Feldman said.

Robots on Sunnyvale runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are available here, ranging from $15, before fees, for children to $30 for adults who want to attend "Bots & Beer" at a nearby bar.

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