Special Olympics Unified Robotics™ is a student-designed and implemented program that is open to students with Intellectual Disabilities and a variety of learning challenges, bringing the world of STEM and robotics to high school students with special needs during a 6-week after school program.
How Special Olympics Unified Robotics™ Works
Partners work alongside athletes forming small teams with an adaptable program.
Teams design, build, and program their own robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Kits
At the season finale, each team presents their robot and participates in a tournament-style competition.
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“The first time I went to Unified Robotics, I have to admit that I was nervous. I wasn’t sure what to expect or what I should do, but as soon as I walked in I was blown away by these students enthusiasm and vigor for robotics!”
– Daniel Wang, CyberKnights
“I think sports should be for everyone regardless of backgrounds or abilities. So, if sports are available for everyone to enjoy and learn new things, and we consider robotics a “sport of the mind,” then why don’t we welcome all types of people? Unified Robotics is a really good idea, it makes the definition of ‘robotics’ way cooler!”
– Tammy Nguyen, CyberKnights
“Unified Robotics is the best of FIRST® in that it is FIRST Robotics students recognizing a serious national level problem, taking initiative, and providing a solution by building a program that addresses that problem and shows that students with special needs are capable and interested in STEM.”
– Mike Thompson, CyberKnights Coach
“I feel like this program is really good at getting us interested in math and science. It gets us thinking and working on it and putting pieces together to actually build a robot.”
– Zach Rodin, Roosevelt Senior