GRASP-US2020 RoboMentor Program

Penn Engineering students trained by the GRASP lab have the opportunity to work with public high school and middle school robotics teams in Philadelphia as GRASP-US2020 RoboMentors. There are currently 4 veteran and 3 rookie FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams, 20 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams, and 27 FIRST Lego League Teams (FLL) in the city.


US2020 PHL is a new organization developed from a White House call to generate large-scale, innovative soltions to our STEM education challenge, with a focus on increasing access to STEM careers for girls, underrepresented minorities, and low income children.

The RoboMentor program will:

  • Identify Penn Engineering mentors;
  • Vet mentors through background checks and interviews;
  • Train mentors; and
  • Support efforts of mentors.

The goals of the RoboMentor program include:

  • Penn Engineering students working with all partner teams
  • Mentors engaged for at least 10 hours per month
  • Mentors engaged for duration of robotics competition season
  • Increased interest in STEM careers
  • Improvement in 21st Century skills and STEM skills
  • Improvement in self-efficacy
  • Reduction of achievement gap in underrepresented populations

We are currently recruiting both teams and students for the RoboMentor program.

  • If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please fill out this form.
  • If you represent a robotics program interested in having a mentor, please fill out this form.