Outreach at the CMU Robotics Institute


The Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab (CREATE Lab) explores socially meaningful innovation and deployment of robotic technologies. We specifically aim to:

  • Empower a technologically fluent generation through experiential learning opportunities in and outside of school. We define technology fluency as the confidence to author / creatively configure technology to pursue individual and collective goals.
  • Empower everyday citizens and scientists with affordable environmental sensing and documentation instruments, and powerful visualization platforms for sense-making and sharing of gathered scientific data – to promote evidence-based decision making, public discourse and action.

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.

K-12 Educational Programs

  • 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.
  • 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.