April 10, 2019

We apologize to the students, teachers, schools and families that look forward to our annual Robotics Open House, but we cannot begin to satisfy demand for this popular event. We know how disappointing this is -- for those who plan ahead for this event every year and also for those who have never yet been able to register early enough. We will hold a lottery for school groups to attend between 9 am – 2:30 pm, and we encourage afterschool groups or families to come from 2:00 – 4:30 pm when there are fewer crowds.

What is the Robotics Open House?

  • Self-paced tours of 20 labs such as Robotic Embedded Systems Lab, Human Centered Robotics Lab and more.
  • Interactive demos of USC Robots. Read more about them here.
  • Demo and talk by USC’s VexU team (SoCal Champions).
  • And much much more!

See news clips about Robotic Open House 2018

For 2018's detailed itinerary, click here

USC Robots


Information for School Groups

  • Group size: Limited to 64, including teachers and adults (one adult is required for every 15 students). If you want to bring more students, please contact Dr. Katie Mills at
  • Food: Students can bring lunch and eat on campus. In addition, USC has many cafes on campus where food can be purchased.
  • Activities before and after event: Everyone is welcome to explore the campus, and the California Science Center is within walking distance if schools want to double up on field trips.
  • Transportation and Parking: A map is shown below. Bus orders: Use 3462 McClintock Ave as the location. Download detailed instructions here.


For smaller groups, we recommend coming to campus via the Expo Metro Line (exit either University Park or Vermont Ave.).

Parking on campus is $12 per car and street meters are available but may be limited.

Resources for Teachers

Resources for Students

Have you ever wondered which kind of robot you are? Click here to take a quiz! Do not forget to visit your robot during the Open House!

Watch the video below of the Robotics and Coding Academy, an exciting initiative of USC!

Learn more about "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth", a short movie based on a USC Robot. Watch the trailer here, and the full length short movie here.

  • The short film “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth”, an AutFest International Film Festival 2017 selection, tells the story of a robot helping a child with autism to socialize. [News release]

    Premiered at the Robotics Open House in 2017– Based on the research of Prof. Maja Matarić, Vice Dean for Research at USC Viterbi.
Student Volunteers

Thank you to all the student volunteers who showed up to help make Robotics Open House 2018 happen! Without the great contributions from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), USC IEEE, Makers, Theta Tau, SparkSC, HackSC, the Association of Indian Students, and the USC AUV team, this year’s Robotics Open House would not have been as successful as it was.

The results of the volunteer contest between the organizations and winners of the cash award are

  1. SparkSC
  2. Association of Indian Students
  3. HackSC Jr

We had great participation from all organizations so thank you giving us your time during this busy semester. We hope to see all of you who volunteered again at events in the future.

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Robotics Open House 2018


Robotics Open House 2017


Robotics Open House 2015


View ROH 2018 event photos here
View ROH 2017 event photos here
View ROH 2015 event photos here
View ROH 2014 event photos here
View ROH 2013 event photos here