The Simon-Knowles Innovation Learning Library (SKILL) is a new initiative aimed at alleviating the barriers many schools face when incorporating STEM and robotics into classroom instruction. SKILL loans classroom sets of multiple robotics platforms at no cost to the schools, with a priority of serving rural and under-resourced schools in east central Alabama. The Southeastern Center of Robotics Education (SCORE) – an outreach center in the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University – will pilot the SKILL initiative during the 2021-22 school year and implement fully in 2022-23. SKILL memorializes two Auburn men – Dr. Marllin Simon and Dr. Harry Knowles – who generously shared their time, their resources and their love of science with teachers and students of all ages.


How SKILL Works


SKILL provides training for K-12 teachers on multiple robotics platforms. Once trained, teachers can check-out classroom sets of robots to use in their classroom for weeks at a time. SKILL is FREE, providing a cost-effective way for teachers to implement hands-on STEM and computer science at any grade level.




Robots encourage problem-solving, creative thinking, and a healthy sense of competition that drives innovation from students. Teachers of all grades commonly report that robotics, classroom-based or competition-based, has more elect on students' interest and spark for all STEM fields than anything else they have tried. Robotics teaches 21st century technical and non-technical skills, such as:
• Self-Directed Learning & Teamwork
• Verbal Communication & Technical Writing Skills
• Community Engagement
• Computer & Technology Literacy
Simply put, robotics is a powerful workforce development endeavor that can change a child's life.