Robotics

The Robotics Service-Learning program at the University of Maryland facilitates afterschool robotics clubs and teams at local elementary, middle and high schools.

Students in the College Park Scholars Science, Technology and Society program learn to design, deliver and evaluate robotics clubs as part of a 3-credit course that focuses on STEM education. At elementary and middle schools, students work with Lego Mindstorm Kits and, at the high school level, university students help high school students prepare for regional competitions as FIRST Robotics teams.

While participating in the robotics clubs, UMD students learn about the complex issues related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at the local, state, national and international level.

Visits and Demonstrations

Throughout the Academic Year, UMD opens its doors and showcases its cutting edge research and programs.  STS students can serve as helpful guides for events like Maryland Robotics Day and Maryland Day. All inquiries should be made at least six weeks in advance.  Please complete this form for more information.

Students and staff from the program can provide Lego robotics demonstrations at various school-based and public science and technology events.  Let us know if you would like us to attend. In addition, we are looking to into developing curriculum and materials to provide to other schools and organizations looking to develop or augment their robotics clubs in the area.

If you are interested in outreach or professional development opportunities, please complete the Robotics Service-Learning contatct form.

School Robotics Clubs

We are always looking to partner with additional areas schools. If your school is within 10 miles of the UMD campus and you are interested in participating, please fill out this form. If you are outside this area, please check out our outreach and professional development offerings. 

The program began in the Fall 2011 at Northwestern High School and currently operates at seven schools in Prince George’s County.

The College Park Scholars Science, Technology and Society administers program free of charge, providing all transportation, materials and logistics for the robotics clubs.  All participating students are registered for a scholarship in practice service-learning course entitled STEM and Society: Contemporary Issues in Science and Technology Education.  Throughout the semester, teams of 3 – 5 UMD undergraduates work with K-12 students and teachers to design, build and program robots. 

Participating Prince George’s County Schools:

Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools
Greenbelt Elementary School (Fall 2012) Martin Luther King MS (Spring 2013)  Northwester HS** (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012) 
 Hollywood Elementary School (Fall 2013) College Park Academy (Fall 2013) Eleanor Roosevelt HS (Fall 2012)
Paint Branch Elementary School (Fall 2014)   Parkdale HS (Fall 2014)

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In the News

  • The Office of Community Engagement wrote an article on our program building more than just robots.
  • College Park Scholars News wrote a piece on our Lego robotics workshops in Ecuador over Winter 2014.
  • Read in the Diamondback about our program helping to provide opportunities for K-12 Robotics teams to participate in Maryland Robotics Day
  • Check out this TerpVision video of our students working at the brand new College Park Academy (min 3:15)
  • In Spring 2014, UMD hosted the FIRST Chesapeake Regional Robotics Competition.  TerpVision talked to several of our staff and students about robots and STEM Education