Learn, Create, Test: An Introduction to Robotics


In this activity, students will form teams to design a robot with the provided supplies. The teams will then compete with their designed robots to see which robot can cross the finish line first. Through this activity, students will learn the components of a robot and how they are used from day-to-day activities to industry applications.

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Columbia Engineering

Columbia Engineering Outreach Programs aim to provide greater accessibility to academic and professional opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, especially for traditionally underrepresented local stakeholders. Through community engagement, we enhance the quality and reach of learning at all levels.

Our updated Inside Engineering program now brings Columbia Engineering lab content straight to you! These now are featured in the format of hands-on, engaging engineering design activities and lessons that you can do right in your own homes or classrooms.

The Engineering Speaks program now accommodates remote sessions that allow K-12 students to hear directly from engineers from Columbia University, through virtual panels, workshops, and seminars.



Science, Engineering


35 students, 1 chap. per 35 stu.


45 min.


School Based Program


11, 12

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