15th Annual Robotics Design Challenge – 2020 Canceled due to Covid-19 directive from MU

2017 Robotics Design Challenge Participants

2017 Robotics Design Challenge Participants

The Robotics Design Challenge is a FREE event open to any elementary or middle school student group.

Impact since 2006

2081 students from grades 2-7.

Robotics Design Challenge is an event for K-8 youth, where they build LEGO-robots with a variety of sensors, and program them to accomplish a given task. The Challenge has been hosted annually since 2006 by the Center staff, in collaboration with K-12 teachers, 4-H and other community organizations. The goal is to introduce STEM skills at a an early age, and to motivate them to pursue science and engineering careers.

Youth from different schools and organizations throughout Missouri participate in the Challenge. In addition to building and programming LEGO robots, they also learn about different sensors (e.g., light sensor used to track the black line). This gives them an exposure to how such sensors are used in real world devices (for example: light sensor used in the cars), and how they can be integrated and programmed into systems to accomplish useful tasks.

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