Assembly at Monterey Hills Elementary School

I love to share my passion and enthusiasm for the creative opportunities that engineering provides with pre-university students. Since my field is robotics, I am committed to making robotics accessible to students of all ages. In outreach, my emphasis is on K-12 students, in particular under-represented groups and girls, with a goal of introducing robotics as early as elementary school. I believe 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. I have been presenting these principles to various stakeholder audiences, including K-12 students and teachers, as well as members of the media and entertainment industry.

I welcome 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]