Phone: (213) 373-3595
Email: hello/at/troybots.org


Robotics is a popular and effective way for educators to cover important areas of their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curricula in a fun and engaging way.


The students learn to design, program and control fully-functional models. They use software to plan, test and modify sequences of instructions for a variety of life-like robotic behaviors and learn to collect and analyze data from sensors. Children learn following essential skills:


Designing, planning and programming various Robots
Independent thinking and creative problem solving
Teamwork and communication
The Robotics Program at the Alexander Science Center School was started in 2010. It is designed to inspire the students to explore and invent their own robotics solutions. This program provides coaching, robotics kits, software, programming tools, progressive curriculum and activity packs for use in an after-school class environment. The program is delivered using the LEGO WeDo and LEGO Mindstorms kits for students in 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade. The duration of the program is 25 weeks. Each class is an hour and half long and is offered once a week. The program curriculum is developed with the help of the education department of California Science Center. The 5th graders participate in the First Lego League (FLL) Season and attend various tournaments through the season. They get a chance to compete with over 300 teams in the Los Angeles region.


Each year, the program ends with a Robotics Showcase which is open to local community. The students show their work and robots in action. Parents also get a chance to build LEGO models together with kids based on a defined theme.


The program is primarily funded by a grant from the USC University Neighborhood Outreach (UNO). To date we have raised over $18,000 to procure the equipment and pay for the coaches. The program has served over 150 students with 60 students enrolled in 2013.


The program has created immense interest among participating students about robotics and engineering in general, which has been the primary goal of the program.


Founder: troybots was founded by Mr. Zahid Rafique. He is an engineer by training and works for University of Southern California. He is passionate about bringing robotics education to the neighborhood elementary schools in South Los Angeles.