Are there local Robotics events near you?
I live in Maine. There is a Maine based non-profit that is pushing to teach Robotics to students. It's a great way to get people interested in robotics (specifically using LEGO Mindstorms and VEX systems).
They organize and run the FLL competitions (usually two for the State of Maine). They have other events, such as a Track Meet (a series of challenges for the NXT or RCX bots) and they also run robotics camps. There are several of these camps every summer. Each one is one week long, and they have beginner, intermediate and advanced classes.
You can read a bit more about Maine Robotics here, or check out the Maine Robotics website.
Are there local robotics groups where you live?
There is also the Botball http://www.botball.org/about-botball/overview.php tournament. Robotics events are definitely on the rise - AS IT SHOULD BE!
Even a place like Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, NY has an annual LEGO Fun week-end with robotics demonstrations – http://roboticrealm.blogspot.com . If there aren’t any robotics activities going on in your area – For Bots sakes, get something started!!!
ChiBots website- www.chibots.org/drupal
Then also there is the (in)famous MINDSTORMS group in Indiana (Who are members of ChiBots but only make the trip on contest days to kick our pasty rumps...)
Robocup Jr: http://www.cs.duke.edu/robocup/