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First Robotics

Robotic Exploration Rover

Test your programming skills and move the robot around the obstacles. Image Credit: NASA NASA tests robots for exploration in areas called analogs. Analogs are places where the environment is similar to locations like Mars or the moon, where a robot may be used. One NASA analog is in the Arizona desert. NASA robotics experts conduct field tests in the desert to assess new ideas for rovers, spacewalks and ground support. Some of these tests are conducted by a team called Desert RATS, which stands for Desert Research And Technology Studies.
What is it like to be part of a team that designs and tests robots? Find out and test your programming skills with 'ROVER'. Guide the robot over an analog of 12 terrain grids without consuming all of his battery power. Watch out for obstacles!
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Robotics is an interdisciplinary sector of science and engineering dedicated to the design, construction and use of mechanical robots. Our guide will give you a concrete grasp of robotics, including different types of robots and how they're being applied across industries. Jan 21, 2021 Photorealistic simulator made MIT robot racing competition a live online experience. Teaching assistants in Robotics: Science and Systems pulled out all the stops to help engineering students race across the finish line this spring. Browse our unbeatable selection of robot kits and turn your curiosity into a reality. From toy robots, robot building kits, Raspberry Pi 3’S to more advanced STEM coding robotics programming, you’re sure to find something to accommodate any age group. Jan 16, 2021 The Seattle Robotics Society does not profit from any vendor's products or services that may appear on this website. Permissible use of the website includes viewing content, downloading information for personal use, linking, etc. But reuse of content for any other purpose requires the written permssion of the content owner. Robotics researchers at the University of Zurich show how onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably—even without GPS. Robotics Jan 13, 2021.

Mars Curiosity Rover

The Curiosity rover will spend two years looking for signs of life on the Red Planet. Image Credit: NASACuriosity is not your ordinary rover. It's bigger than a small car. The rover comes equipped 'standard' with six-wheel rocker-bogie suspension and multiple camera systems, and its power supply doesn't rely on solar panels. Curiosity uses a radioisotope power generator so that it can roam longer and farther, traveling to more interesting places than previous missions. It has an expansive suite of science instruments named Sample Analysis at Mars, designed to analyze samples of material collected and delivered by the rover's arm.
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Video Gallery

Robotics on the International
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Lunabotics 2012
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Welcome Educators

Robotics Connections

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FIRST Robotics Competition

Spotlight Features

What Is Robotics?
› Students K-4
› Students 5-8

What Is Robonaut?
› Students K-4
› Students 5-8

Robotics Etf

Do-It-Yourself Podcast

NASA's Digital Learning Network

The DLN offers robotics modules through its free webcasts.

› Mapping the Moon With WALL-E (K-8)
› Introduction to Robotics in the Classroom (5-8)
› Mission to Mars Expedition (5-12)
› Spacebots (K-12)

Follow NASA Robotics Missions

› Aura
› Aqua
› Canadarm2 and the Mobile Servicing System
› Cassini
› Desert RATS
› Global Hawk
› Hubble Space Telescope
› Ikhana
› Kepler
› Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
› Mars Science Laboratory
› Space Exploration Vehicle
› X-48 Aircraft


The robotics research, education, and club efforts at Washington State University have experienced a rapid period of growth in the past several years. They began with the Robotics Club & RoboSub Club and the establishment of the Intelligent Robotics Learning Lab (Prof. Matthew Taylor, Computer Science) and has continued with the addition of of the Emergent Dynamics, Control and Analytics Labs (Prof. Kshitij Jerath, Mechanical Engineering) and the Modeling, Motion, and Medical Robotics Laboratory (Prof. John Swensen, Mechanical Engineering).

We are in the process of establishing formal curriculum for those interesting in robotics and intelligent systems, regardless of whether their interests lie in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering.


Below you will find links to all the robotics efforts on campus, both those run by students and those in research labs. In the menu, you can find information about our robotics curriculum (current and planned) and information about applying to departments for robotics study at WSU.