Slugbotics is a student organization at UC Santa Cruz focused on introducing students to hands-on robotics engineering, founded in 2017. In the 2018-2019 school year, our team designed, fabricated, and programmed BIG SLAB. Our second ROV, BIG SLAB is capable of performing various tasks in the MATE competition including object deployment and manipulation, water quality sensing, and autonomous analysis. Since then, we have continued to grow and learn, tackling new projects, and introducing others to the field of robotics.


Slugbotics is organized as a student organization under the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, in partnership with the Cyber-Physical Systems Research Center (CPSRC) and the UCSC’s Sustainability Lab (S-lab). Our connections enable us to give students access to resources such as machining and electronics equipment that would otherwise be out of reach, and by doing so present them an opportunity to gain hands-on engineering experience.

New members are accepted at the beginning of Fall Quarter, where we lead them through an onboarding process which teaches all necessary skills to contribute to the team - such as CAD, electronics, and embedded programming.