RobotCity Workshop was founded in 2008 as a headquarters for hobbyists, tinkerers, and do-it-yourselfers in Chicago. We quickly expanded our reach to include younger generations of robot fans by specializing in build-it-yourself robot kits. To guide these young students in building their kits and start them on their robotic journey, the shop soon began offering in-store workshops.
In addition to the beginner workshops, a few specialty classes emerged, including an electronics soldering workshop and a two-part microcontroller workshop. These classes have proven popular with both teens and adults (and even some of our more advanced young builders), and offer students the opportunity to acquire a new skill that will serve them well in designing and building their own robotic creations.
Shortly after our first year of business, in-store birthday parties were added by popular request. Featuring educational activities, team robot building, and robot servers for the parties, they have been a mainstay at our shop ever since. To satisfy parents who were jealous of their children’s birthday parties, we began offering robot date nights as an after hours weekend event, and they’ve proven to be so popular that we are usually booked a month in advance!
Projecting our knowledge and enthusiasm directly to schools was a natural development, and we continue to add to our ever growing roster year after year. Our afterschool enrichment programs are engaging, educational, and exciting for the students enrolled in each program. These programs cover fundamental scientific topics and are highlighted by the robots that students build in the class to take home with them.
At RobotCity Workshop, we’re committed to spreading our enthusiasm for the applied sciences and technology through the perfect platform— robots! We believe that building robots isn’t just for nerds – it’s the future, and we want to spark an interest in technology in kids and adults of all ages. Building robots is fun and exciting, but it’s also important because it provides lessons in teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving as well as improving hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
We believe that a “learn by doing” approach to science gives students a better understanding of how things actually work, and gives them real world skills that they can use outside of the classroom. Most importantly, it gives students a creation that they can be proud of having made themselves. Nothing makes us happier than watching a child show off their robot and say, “I built this myself!”