ROBOTICS OPEN HOUSE 2018


 The most popular school field trip of the year was a big success! 

April 11, 2018

See news clips about Robotic Open House 2018

Overview

This is a fun day with all the robotics research labs providing demonstrations every half hour for groups of 15 people, plus some hands-on fun and games. The labs are spread out in four buildings, so there is a lot to walk around and see. Visitors can move at their own pace to attend as many lab demonstrations as they want and take a break any time to explore campus, find something to eat (bring your own lunch or use a campus dining facility), and enjoy the day. The most crowded time is when the schools visit between 9 am - 2 pm, and the more leisurely afternoon pace is perfect for after school groups, clubs, families, and robotics industry executives.

What to expect @Robotics Open House 2018?

  • Self-paced tours of 20 labs such as Robotic Embedded Systems Lab, Human Centered Robotics Lab and more.
  • Interactive demos of USC Robots such as Sarcos Master & Slave arm and PR2. Read more about them here.
  • Demo and talk by USC’s VexU team (SoCal Champions).
  • And much much more!

For 2018's detailed itinerary, click here.

USC Robots

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Labs

Here are some exciting labs you will get to visit during the Open House:

  • Interaction Lab
  • Robotic Embedded Systems Lab (RESL)
  • Medical Device Development Facility
  • Brain-Body Dynamics Lab
  • Automatic Coordination of Teams (ACT) Lab

Read more about the labs here and robots here, so that you come for the event with interesting questions!

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 kmills@usc.edu.
  • 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.
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Transportation

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

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Robotics Open House 2017

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Robotics Open House 2015

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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