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Unified Robotics is an inclusive robotics program open to students with a variety of learning levels, bringing the world of STEM and robotics to high school students with special needs during a 6-week after school program.

Unified Robotics exposes engineering, programming and robotics to students with learning disabilities and behavioral challenges and fosters a neurodiverse work environment promoting social inclusion. Students from the general education population, often from traditional FIRST robotics teams, serve as “Partners”, working alongside students with intellectual disabilities and/or autism, known as “Athletes”, in one-to-one partnerships to build robots. These students work in small teams ranging from two (2) to six (6) students (equal number of students with and without disabilities) using robotics kits made by LEGO®. Each team designs, builds, and programs their own robot to compete in a “sumo wrestling” type game. Unified Robotics teams may have the opportunity to participate in local events and/or be invited to participate in a State Championship event against other teams in the program. At the Championship, each team presents their robot and team attributes to judges and competes in a tournament-style competition. More details about how this program works can be found in the Unified Robotics Guidebook.

Materials Needed:

    • Laptop or equivalent for programming
    • LEGO Education Mindstorms EV3, SPIKE Prime, or other LEGO robotics kit
    • LEGO Expansion sets (if desired)

For more information on Unified Robotics, including how to participate in the Fall 2020 virtual Unified Robotics season, visit: http://unifiedrobotics.org/