Annually, Team 190 does dozens of demos to groups around Massachusetts. Demos are public events, often held at schools, libraries, community centers, scout troops, STEM nights, or festivals. Typically, demos are 50 minutes long, where team members discuss and present information about STEM, robotics, and the team, demonstrate our 120-pound competition robot’s capabilities, and answer questions from the audience. Towards the end of our demos we give audience members the opportunity to drive the robot with the help of team members.

At a festival or fair, the team is able to do a many shorter demos to a rotating audience. For school functions, the team is able to run multiple demos back-to-back.

To see if your facility can host a demo, please read our Demo Venue Needs page.

In order to offset the costs of transporting our robot and team members, we traditionally ask for small a donation to our team. Team 190 will happily waive any requested donation if your school or organization meets one of the following criteria:

  • Located in a city or town that is identified by the state of Massachusetts as having:
    • All its public schools in its public school district meet school wide title Title 1 status*, AND
    • The event is for the general public, such as a STEM fair, town fair, public festival etc., or programming for a public space such as a library, or community center.
  • A K-12 school identified by the state of Massachusetts as having school wide Title 1 status*. 
  • An organization or event with the stated mission of outreach or increasing opportunity for people of an underrepresented minority, as defined by WPI (people of Hispanic; Black or African American; American Indian or Alaska Native; and Hawaiian or Pacific Islander origin).

If you have questions, or are interested in scheduling a demo, contact Francis O’Rourke, Assistant Director of the WPI Robotics Resource Center at


*  If you are unsure if your city or town meets this district and/or school wide Title I criteria, please inquire at