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New items

  • Oct. 7: Applications due for Fall 2011 Duke/Durham Public Schools After School Robotics Program
    • Apply online
    • Kick-off @ Duke: Sunday, October 16. 11:30am-12:30pm
    • Build Session @ Duke: Saturday, October 22, 1:00pm-4:00pm
    • Thursdays @ DSA: October 13-December 1. 4:00pm-5:30pm
    • Exhibition @ Duke: Saturday, December 3, 1:00pm-5:00pm
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Email address.

Past items

  • RoboCupJunior SouthEast Regional Competition was held at Duke on April 2, 2011.
  • News 14 Carolina story on our summer camp
  • August 2-6, 2010: Summer Robotics Day Camp for middle and high school students.
  • CS News Article on the upcoming Adopt-a-Classroom program.
  • April 10-18, 2010 is National Robotics Week.
  • RoboCupJunior SouthEast Regional Competition was held at Duke on March 27, 2010.
    Celebrate Computer Science Education Week, December 6-12, 2009.
  • Video:
    (Available from Duke on Camera, YouTube, & iTunes)

  • Exhibition: Students demonstrated their robots from the semester on a RoboCup Junior Australia rescue task on Saturday, December 5 from 9:00am-1:30pm.
  • Teacher Workshop: We held a workshop for DPS teachers interested in advising robotics teams on Monday, October 26 from 6:15pm-8:15pm.

  • After school sessions ran from January 29, 2009 to April 9, 2009 at Durham School of the Arts from 4:00pm-5:30pm.
  • Open House: We held a robotics program Open House for interested Durham Public Schools middle and high school students on Saturday, January 10 from 9:30am-12:00pm.
  • Teacher workshop: We held a workshop for Durham Public Schools middle and high school teachers who were interested in being advisors for a robotics team from 5:00pm-7:30pm on Thursday, December 11 at Duke University.
  • RoboCupJunior Regional Competition at Duke on April 19, 2008 from 8:30am-3:00pm. See the competition page for more information and results.
  • Thursday after school sessions at Durham School of the Arts were held throughout the 2007-2008 academic year. See the activities page for the schedule.
  • Robot rescue competition on December 1, 2007 from 9:00am-1:00pm at Duke University's Levine Science Research Center. See the rescue rules for details.
  • Open House: We held a robotics program Open House for interested Durham Public Schools middle and high school students on Saturday, September 15 from 9:30am-12:00pm.
  • RCJ Videos posted: See the videos page under activities for highlights from RoboCupJunior 2007 in Atlanta, GA.

All prospective participants should frequently visit this site for updated information about the program.


The objective of the program is to foster interest and competence in science, mathematics, and computers, while developing problem-solving skills, enabling creative thinking and design, and providing a domain for application of scientific concepts. RoboCupJunior is an educational initiative where teams of students build and program mobile robots to perform a variety of challenges. Students will learn and apply the scientific, mathematical, and technological fundamentals behind the construction of robots and the design of control algorithms. Science and robotics-related research demonstrations at Duke will supplement weekly after school meetings with student mentors from Duke University. Students will exhibit their work in competitions. The project staff will conduct workshops for North Carolina teachers each summer to disseminate tested instructional materials and hold RoboCupJunior regional exhibitions.


The main project activities for 2010-2011 are:
  • Robot building labs: Weekly after school meetings at Durham School of the Arts where students in teams led by Duke undergraduate student mentors work on designing, building, programming, and testing mobile robots
  • Science Days @ Duke: Bimonthly weekend workshops at Duke where students learn about applications of science and technology from university students and practicing scientific researchers
  • RoboCupJunior competitions: exhibition of student work on either a robot dance, rescue, or soccer tasks to be held in Spring 2011


Prof. Jeffrey R.N. Forbes, Duke University Dept. of Computer Science

Please send email to forbes AT cs.duke.edu with any questions or comments.

Last updated Sun Oct 02 12:25:58 EDT 2011