WHO WE ARE
The Harvard Undergraduate Robotics Club (HURC) is the premier robotics club on campus. We seek to provide Harvard undergraduates with not only the opportunity to participate in exciting and educational robotics projects, but also to build a warm and accomplished community of engineers together. Though founded only several years ago, HURC has rapidly expanded to a group of over 100 active members, each tackling one of 8 independent robotics projects. At the end of each school year, we compete at university robotics competitions across the country. In just seven months, we will build from scratch robots that walk, roll, swim, fly, play soccer, and even navigate Mars!
HOW IT WORKS
HURC is first and foremost a project-based club. Every year, we split up into different teams that each build a robot in order to compete at the end of the Spring Semester at official competitions across the country. At the beginning of the Fall Semester, HURC members are divided up into these separate project teams, under a project manager, and are placed on a sub-group of either Mechanical, Electrical, or Code (though roles are often interdisciplinary). Each HURC team is designed to have a healthy mix of experienced upperclassmen and inexperienced newcomers, enabling us to enter advanced competitions and at the same time provide valuable engineering training! Additionally, we run mandatory engineering workshops at the beginning of the year for all prospective new members.
Through the design and build process, members get a chance to make a significant impact on a complex, year-long, multidisciplinary, and multi-member engineering project on a level most college students do not normally encounter. You will gain experience with laser-cutting, 3D printing, machine shop tools, micro-controllers, electronics, coding languages, hardware-software integration, movement algorithms, and much more! No previous robotics experience is necessary, but a willingness to learn and to put in significant time commitment is required. Want to build some cool robots and have a blast while you're at it? Join Us
HURC robotics projects are not merely for fun and games... we intend to win serious competitions. In the past we've competed in West Virginia, Brown University, and Robogames in California, and have won at several of them. This year we are raising the bar and expect to enter 8 separate competitions! Each competition requires a robot that is completely unique in its design, functionality, and engineering challenges (check them out here). By the end of this year, we should have robots that can navigate land, water, air, and Martian environments. We also plan to host our own Pacbot Competition here at Harvard!
HURC is more than just a club for building robots. We are also the primary engineering community at Harvard. As a club, we host hackathons, weekly build sessions with multiple teams, special games and activities, and even exciting parties (yes, the robots are programmed to dance!). With dozens of members, there's always someone new to meet or a whole other team of engineers to learn from. Many students say HURC will be the experience they will always remember after college, and we understand why. Awesome robots are nothing without awesome people, and we have plenty of both at HURC!