Assembly at Monterey Hills Elementary School

Prof. Maja Matarić shares her enthusiasm and passion for the creative opportunities that engineering provides pre-university students. She is committed to making robotics accessible to students of all ages. In outreach, her emphasis is on K-12 students, in particular under-represented groups and girls, with a goal of introducing robotics as early as elementary school. She believes that the hands-on, experiential learning provided by robotics is a great way to increase students' interest and knowledge in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), especially computational thinking. Prof. Matarić has an extensive history of presenting these principles to various stakeholder audiences, including K-12 students and teachers, as well as members of the media and entertainment industry.

Prof. Matarić welcomes helpful suggestions and new outreach opportunities.

Recent and Ongoing Outreach Activities

Publications on Robotics for K-12 STEM Education
  • Maja J. Matarić, Juan Fasola, and David J. Feil-Seifer, "Robotics as a tool for immersive, hands-on freshmen engineering instruction", Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Annual Conference & Exposition Pittsburgh, PA, Jul 2008. [PDF]
  • Maja J Matarić, Nathan Koenig, and David Feil-Seifer, "Materials for Enabling Hands-On Robotics and STEM Education", AAAI Spring Symposium on Robots and Robot Venues: Resources for AI Education, Palo Alto, CA, Mar 2007. [PDF]
  • Maja J Matarić, "Robotics Education for All Ages", Proceedings, AAAI Spring Symposium on Accessible, Hands-on AI and Robotics Education, Palo Alto, CA, Mar 22-24, 2004. [PDF]