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K-12 Educational Programs

One of the fundamental goals of the Robotics Institute is to inspire and excite future generations of researchers, engineers, and scientists. You are never too young to start learning about robotics and robot programming. The Robotics Institute has developed or participates in several programs specifically for children from kindergarten age through high school.

But there is much more to robotics education than just teaching about robots. Students at all grade levels are fascinated with robots, and educators have found that teaching with robots provides a new and exciting way to interest and motivate their students. Robots are finding their way into the classroom to help teach science, math, mechanics, teamwork and even management skills.

  • Robotics Academy

    The Robotics Academy's mission is to use the motivational effects of robotics to excite this and future generations of students to pursue math and science related careers. Robotics Academy curriculum can be found in over 8,000 schools internationally.

  • Andrew's Leap

    Andrew's Leap is a summer program primarily for local high school students. The program is run by CMU's School of Computer Science and includes sessions on programming and robotics. Students will have an opportunity to interact with some of the country's leading scientists, and will emerge from the program with a vivid overview of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon.

  • C-MITES

    The Carnegie Mellon Institute for Talented Elementary Students (C-MITES) offers Summer programs for gifted students in 3rd through 8th grade and weekend workshops throughout the year for students in Kindergarten through 9th grade. Many courses are offered, including one in robotics.

  • Women@SCS Outreach Roadshow

    The Roadshow is a presentation by women undergraduates and graduate students in the School of Computer Science at CMU who talk about their experiences, hopes, expectations, and thoughts on Computer Science. The middle and high school presentations include a slide show, Q&A interaction, and a simple robot demo.

  • Girls of Steel

    The Girls of Steel is an all-girls FIRST Robotics Competition team hosted at and mentored by RI's Field Robotics Center. It is composed of approximately 40 girls from about 20 high schools in the Pittsburgh region.