North Carolina Mathematics and Science Education Network




The National Science Foundation-funded Robotics: Opportunities for Building Outstanding Talent in the Sciences (R.O.B.O.T.S.) Project has officially ended in 2010.

About the Project:

Robotics: Opportunities for Building Outstanding Talent in the Sciences (R.O.B.O.T.S.) was a two-year project funded by The National Science Foundation. It was designed to provide awareness of the scientific world especially that described through astronomy and physics. Two hundred ten (210) underserved rural, urban and suburban students in grades six to eight were provided 200 hours of out-of-school time (OST) evening, Saturday and summer intensive hands-on, inquiry-based STEM experiences, with a special focus on astronomy, physics and robotics. The project helped to improve students’ understanding of STEM by: (1) exposing them to non-traditional science fields such as astronomy and physics via robotics; (2) e-mentoring by STEM professionals. When students completed this project they were able to make a smooth transition to advanced level, high school mathematics and science courses with the knowledge of scientific competitions, research opportunities, and college majors and careers that they were qualified to pursue.

The program components include:

Major Project Partners:


Past Project's Events:

Great Opportunities for Educators in NC: 3rd Annual NASA STEM Educators Workshop Series


Educators were invited to register for 1, 2, or 3 days of workshop training that explores engineering design challenges, problem-based learning activities, distance learning modules, inquiry-based lessons, and hands-on projects. Attendees could earn between 6 to18 hours toward continuing education units (CEUs). Registration was free. The topic was "Embrace the Challenge to Innovate." The workshops were held on March 1st – March 3rd, 2011 at Whitewater Middle School, 1520 Belmeade Drive, Charlotte, NC 28214.


NSF-Sponsored R.O.B.O.T.S. Symposium at PARI was a Huge Success


On Friday, July 27, 2007 more than 180 students, teachers, parents, and coordinators from six of the NC-MSEN Pre-College Program Sites (ECSU, FSU, UNCCH, UNCC, NCSU, and WSSU) converged on the campus of the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) for a day long R.O.B.O.T.S. Symposium, including a Robotics competition. In addition, business/industry representatives, university faculty, and community volunteers attended the event. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners of the robotics competition were UNC-Chapel Hill, WSSU and ECSU, respectively. Click the following links for photo shots from the day. (Six pages total) (Eleven pages total)


The final summer session of the R.O.B.O.T.S. Program at the Winston-Salem State University NC-MSEN PCP


The final summer session of the R.O.B.O.T.S. Program was held on Friday, July 13, 2007 at the Winston-Salem State University. The participants in the R.O.B.O.T.S. Summer Program included rising seventh grade students. The students created and presented power point presentations on their individual career goals, which included career outlook research. In addition, two students presented essays about their R.O.B.O.T.S. summer experience. The activities concluded with teams of students competing in the Robotics competition, which they built and programmed during the three week summer session. Parents, teachers, counselors, University administrators, student guides, and Network staff were invited to the event. All were extremely impressed by the students' work.


Sustainability of the Project:

R.O.B.O.T.S.has since then been integrated into the following program components and activities: