Founded in 2009, Illinois Robotics in Space provides an opportunity
for all students, regardless of major, to develop innovative robotic
systems in a peer-based learning environment. This fosters systems
thinking and collaboration through development, manufacturing,
and operation of complex, space-oriented robots.

Due to the nature of our competition and the complexity of IRIS’s
project, we structure our design and build process similar to NASA
missions. This means we have near-monthly design reviews and a
strict timeline. This pushes us to effectively document our design
process, which aids future IRIS members.

IRIS’s hands-on learning environment extends into the local community
through educational outreach projects and demonstrations that
promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and
inspire the next generation of students about robotics and space