What is iRobotics?
iRobotics is a Registered Student Organization at the University of Illinois and the largest and most active robotics community on campus. The group serves as an outlet for all students interested in getting involved with robotics in the Champaign-Urbana area.
“iRobotics is a competition-oriented, student-lead college robotics club that not only competes in a variety of collegiate robotics competitions, but is also interested in spreading the word of science and technology to the community. Student leadership, organization, and time management are demonstrated in this club as we divide work and create schedules to finish projects on time. Mechanical, Electrical, and Software sub-teams each area work on their own tasks as well as communicating with the rest of the team. In addition, all club members are expected to participate in community outreach events, including mentoring, volunteering, judging, and demonstrating. This organization aims to be a well-represented group of students who not only wish to hone their own engineering skills, but also reach out to the local community as they spread their excitement for science and technology to society.”
What does iRobotics do?
The group focuses on competitive robotics but also concentrates on community outreach, robotics projects, and organized social events.
“Our mission is to provide an opportunity for both engineers and hobbyists to practice a wide variety of engineering, teamwork, and leadership skills, helping them develop necessary professional expertise while simultaneously sharing their passion with their community in an effort to inspire society to come to appreciate technology in the same way.”
|We currently have 9 teams competing in three competitions: the Jerry Sanders Creative Design Competition, the VEX Robotics Collegiate Challenge, and Battlebots.|
|Outreach is driven by our strong involvement with FIRST but expands beyond, including engineering activities at local middle schools, technology workshops for grade and high school students, and demonstrations at open houses.|
|Social events are organized according to member interest, and often include cookouts, sports at the ARC, movie nights, and road trips to robotics expos.|
|Students interested in other robotics projects form small groups and receive funding to work on approved projects.|