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This workshop lasts 2 days.

Ready, Set, Robots! introduces teens to technology-related fields and concepts including computer programming, high performance computing, and networking as they work side by side with IU technology professionals and researchers. Using kits from the LEGO® Mindstorms® series, participants work in small teams to learn the basic computer programming skills needed to command a robot to complete a set of predetermined tasks. Camps culminate in an exciting Robot Grand Challenge in which each team’s robot struts its stuff.

Click here to learn more about the camp and see video footage from past camps.

Click here for images and video from past Ready, Set, Robots! programs.


The Ready, Set, Robots! program is hosted by UITS Research Technologies (RT), Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute and is free for all participants.

RT draws volunteer instructors from a variety of units around campus including:

  • IU Athletics
  • UITS Campus Network Engineering
  • UITS Networking
  • UITS Student Technology Computing
  • UITS Research Technologies
  • UITS Enterprise Infrastructure
  • UITS University Information Security Office

This camp/workshop is for students who are entering Jr. High school up to Seniors in high school (or just graduating high school).

Light snacks and lunch will be provided for the campers courtesy of DataDirect Networks (2014-2018 bronze sponsor) and Chris Potts of American Automotive (2014 patron sponsor).

Parents and participants - please set-up a profile for the person who is actually attending the workshop. Please do NOT use a faculty/staff profile/network id to register a student for Ready, Set, Robots! Instructions are here.

The linked MATERIALS must be returned to robping@iu.edu, UITS Research Technologies, CIB 350-94, 2709 E 10th St, Bloomington, IN, 47408 prior to the camp (or in-person the first day of camp).

If the workshop is full, check back frequently to see if a spot is available (through cancellations) or show-up the morning of the first day of camp to see if there happens to be a no-show.

Parents, friends, and family are welcome to join us at 2:30 on the final day of Ready, Set, Robots! to see what the robots can do during the Robot Grand Challenge!

What You'll learn Available Downloads
  • Familiarity with basic programming concepts.
  • Time-management skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Respect for facilities/equipment
  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Problem solving
  • Public speaking
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What you need to know Recorded Session
  • Taking a workshop on Basic Computing Skills is not a requirement, but having basic knowledge of how to use a computer mouse and keyboard and being able to follow the instructions of the leaders is beneficial.
If you don't have those skills, consider first taking the workshop:
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