What is Robotics?

"Robotics is the engineering science and technology of robots, and their design, manufacture, application, and structural disposition." [wiki-robotics]


Robotics is an emerging multi-disciplinary area in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) that combines mechanical, electrical and computer engineering in the design and construction of robots to perform specific tasks.


Additionally, robotics emphasizes mathematics (for developing algorithms used in programming) and computer science (for programming the circuit boards).


Building robots provides practical hands-on experience and develops crucial skills such as problem solving, communication, critical thinking and teamwork [Mataric et al. 2007]. The inherent design challenges in building robots provide a context whereby the applied science and the knowledge from relevant courses (engineering, computer science, mathematics, etc) is seamlessly integrated to solve the problem at hand while gaining interpersonal and critical thinking skills that can be transferred to professional activities following graduation.


Verner and Ahlgren identified specific mechanisms by which robotics effectively engages students in STEM education. They have shown that students acquire a holistic view of STEM subjects and gain essential knowledge and experience for success in advanced courses which then leads to both improved retention and classroom success.


In addition, students participating in robotics projects are involved in self-directed interdisciplinary learning through research, design, teamwork, and professional communication.


They learn about physical environments that a robot needs to navigate and human factors and also gain valuable experience in solving problems [Mirdamadi et al, 2010].

Research Topics in Robotics

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Robotics Video Links

ShepRobo Fest 2012

Shepherd University Robotics Competition


ShepRobo Fest 2012

Mech-Warfare Robot Contest


ShepRobo Fest 2012

Fire-fighting Robot Contest

2012 Trinity College

Fire Fighting Robot Contest


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ShepRobo Fest 2012: Advertisement

Trinity College Fire-fighting Home Robot Contest 2011: Fire Fighting Robot Contest

Penn State Robotics Competition 2010: SURoC Neptune Won Second Place

Robo Games 2010: Mech-Warfare Robot Contest



M. Mataric, N. Koenig, and D. Feil-Seifer, "Materials for Enabling Hands-on Robotics and STEM Education," Proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium on Robots and Robot Venues: Resources for AI Education, Stanford, CA, March 2007

I. Verner and D. Ahlgren, "Conceptualizing Educational Approaches in Introductory Robots," International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, Vol. 41, No. 3, 2004, pp. 183-201

R. Mirdamadi, S. Kim, et al., "Robotics-based STEM Education," 2010, Manuscript

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