Join the Institute of Competition Sciences and leaders from four of the top Robotics Competition programs to learn insider tips and information about how to do well in these incredible programs. This webinar is valuable for students who want to improve their skills in robotics competitions, teachers who want to increase engagement in robotics competitions in their classrooms or afterschool programs, and parents who want to help their kids gain the most of out their participation in these programs. This event will help anyone wanting more information about how to get started and succeed in robotics competitions. In this hour-long program, participants will:

  • Be introduced to four organizations managing leading robotics competitions for K12 and college students.
  • Network with other students and educators excited about robotics education
  • Learn tips for enhancing common skills that are valuable across all robotics programs.
  • Learn from the Institute of Competition Sciences about foundational skills in using educational competitions to enhance learning.

Learning Objectives

From this free 75 minute event, you will learn about:

  • Effective funding/fundraising/grant/sponsors tips, especially for new teams
  • How to choose & maintaining effective communication channels between your coaches/team members/parents/advisors and others supporting the student teams
  • Best-practices for onboarding and engaging new team members of varied skill levels
  • Effective collaboration & team-dynamics skills
  • Where to find resources for teaching the various skills related to robotics competitions (coding, engineering design, etc.)
  • Next steps after competing, preparing for the next challenge
  • Basics to robotics judging/scorekeeping, tips for nailing the interview.
  • How to use robotics competitions for success in college and career opportunities

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About the Speakers:

Mr. Joshua Neubert, CEO, Institute of Competition Sciences

Mr. Neubert is a regular public speaker and lecturer in entrepreneurship, innovation, and STEM education topics. In 2012, he founded the Institute of Competition Sciences to create an online community and support system for academic competitions. During his time as the Institute’s CEO he has been an NSF Principal Investigator, managed NASA technology competitions, led science policy workshops with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and helped award over $13,000,000 to students. His passions center on accelerating science, technology, and learning to make the world a more knowledgeable, exciting, and inspiring place. He trained as a Planetary Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and continues to hold space exploration and education close to his heart.


Mr. Dan Mantz, Executive Director, Robotics Education and Competition Foundation

Dan Mantz is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for the Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation. Dan has more than 25 years of engineering experience, solving complex problems in the software, electrical, and mechanical fields. The REC Foundation is one of the worlds leading science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) nonprofit organization whose mission is to spark student interest and involvement by engaging students through hands-on, affordable, and sustainable curriculum-based robotics and workforce development programs.


Ms. Lindsey Groark, Program Director, Robonation

Lindsey leads RoboNation’s program portfolio. She has extensive experience managing government and industry-funded STEM education research projects. Her experience spans program management, planning, and evaluation as well as community engagement and relationship building. She brings a passion for inclusive participation in education and her experience spans the nonprofit, academic, and industry sectors. Her work is influenced by graduate studies focused on community with an emphasis on youth engagement through participatory research models.


Dr. Christopher Cartwright, Director of Robofest, Lawrence Technological University

Chris Cartwright is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Lawrence Technological University (LTU), where he has taught since 2003. He has been actively involved in Robofest, LTU’s autonomous robotics competition, since 2010 and became the Director in 2021. He is interested in K-12 Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education and participated in a Michigan Department of Education grant EMATHS (Embracing Math Technology in High Schools). He is actively involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and engages in innovative pedagogy such as active and collaborative learning, problem based learning, entrepreneurial mindset learning, and course-based research experiences. He holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences from the University of Iowa.


Ms. Jill Zande, Executive Director, MATE Inspiration for Innovation

Jill Zande is the President/Executive Director of MATE Inspiration for Innovation, the Principal Investigator (PI) of two National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program grants, and a Co-PI of the National Center for Autonomous Technologies. Highlights of her 24 years with MATE include working with the Marine Technology Society (MTS) ROV Committee to establish the global student MATE ROV Competition and coordinating the development of MATE’s Underwater Robotics: Science, Design & Fabrication textbook. Jill is an active member of MTS and currently serves as the chair of the MTS-Monterey section and the Education Track Chair for the Underwater Intervention Conference.



About the Programs:

RECF’s Drones and VEX Robotics Competitions

The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundations mission is to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering programs. We see a future where all students design and innovate as part of a team, experience failure, persevere, and embrace STEM. These lifelong learners emerge confident in their ability to make the world a better place. Learn more –

RoboNation’s RobotX, Robosub and Roboboat

RoboNation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with the mission of providing a pathway of hands-on educational experiences that empower students to find innovative solutions to global challenges. Working together with industry, researchers, and educators, we have grown to include nine programs (seven of which include a competition element) and engage more than 250,000 students per year. Programs include SeaPerch, SeaGlide, GoSense, RoboBoat, RoboSub, RobotX, the Student Unmanned Aerial Systems competition, Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, and International Aerial Robotics. Learn more –

Lawrence Technological University’s Robofest

Robofest, hosted by Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI, is an international festival of competitions and events with autonomous robots. Students have fun while learning principles of STEM and Computer Science. Students design, construct, and program their robots using any robot kit and any programming language to act independently and compete for trophies in a variety of competitions. Since 1999, over 32,600 students have competed in the junior (grades 5-8), senior (grades 9-12), and college divisions including teams from 18 United States and 30 countries. Learn more –

MATE ROV Competition

MATE Inspiration for Innovation’s (MATE II) mission is to inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply STEM skills to solve real-world problems and strengthen their critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation.  MATE II administers the annual global MATE ROV (aka underwater robot) Competition, a workforce development platform that challenges students in grades K-16 to engineer ROVs to complete tasks based on the real world. The competition requires students to organize as start-up companies that also prepare technical reports, engineering presentations, and marketing displays that are delivered to STEM professionals, further solidifying the connection to the workplace. Learn more –