Mines Space Robotics Challenge
Next event in 2022!
To increase the participation and retention of students in underrepresented groups in aerospace through hands-on experiences, building relationships with like-minded students, and networking with industry professionals.
What is the Mines Space Robotics Challenge?
The Mines Space Robotics Challenge is a weekend-long event aimed at developing first-year students in underrepresented groups from all departments interested in pursuing careers in aerospace or other space sciences. The competition is modeled from the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars program and consists of an inclusive aerospace panel, a robotics competition, and a team presentation to industry professionals.
Aerospace requires the skills and expertise of mechanical, electrical, computer science, data science, and so much more! Engaging a diverse group of students in collaborative, project-based work helps Mines educate and prepare the next generation of aerospace industry leaders and build a robust pipeline of talent.
If you are a first-year student in an underrepresented group or ally interested in pursuing a career in aerospace or space science, this event is for you!
Registration for the 2021 Mines Space Robotics Challenge is closed. Thank you to all who participated! See the previous 2021 event schedule here.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
Increase the participation and retention of underrepresented groups in aerospace.
Foster communication between prospective aerospace students and industry professionals.
Develop critical skills in teamwork, communication, and engineering design.
Build a community of like-minded students through shared experiences.
What is an underrepresented group?
According to the National Science Foundation, “women, persons with disabilities, and three racial and ethnic groups—blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians or Alaska Natives” are underrepresented in science and engineering.
Other groups in the United States that have been marginalized and are currently underrepresented may include but are not limited to:
- Other ethnicities
- Adult learners
- People with disabilities
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals
- Different religious groups, and
- Different economic backgrounds
AM I REQUIRED TO BE IN AN UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENT GROUP TO PARTICIPATE?
No, all first-year students in underrepresented groups and allies may participate at this time. An ally in this context is a person who does not fall within any of the aforementioned underrepresented groups, but seeks to create inclusive spaces for those who do.
CAN ONLY FRESHMEN PARTICIPATE?
All first-year students (students who have attended Mines for 2 semesters or less) including traditional freshmen, transfer students, and international students are able to participate in the event.
Do we pick our own teams?
No. Teams will be organized by the event staff. You will be introduced to your team at the event.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?
Thanks to our amazing sponsors, the event is free to all participating students. We only ask that you commit to being present and participating in the entire event.