AGE: RISING 8TH GRADERS AND OLDER
DATES: June 30-July 13, 2019
In this two-week program, students will learn how to use RobotC code to build and program micro-controlled robots that respond to their environments by interpreting sensory data. Student teams will engage in regular challenges that will test their design acumen, creativity, and problem-solving skills.
Walter Schwarz is the Senior Systems Administrator at the University of Bridgeport. He holds degrees in Computer Science and in Computer Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and he has more than 20 years of experience in educational technology. Prior to moving to Connecticut, he served as the Director of Technology for the Cherokee Community School District in Iowa, where he initiated and coached First Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams at the middle- and high-school levels. In 2016, he worked with the Hotchkiss Summer Portals course in robotics and is eager to return this year to lead the program, using robotics to guide students in the exciting field of applied technology.
Prior to joining the Hotchkiss faculty, Eric Stone spent the last 20 years as a mathematics and science teacher at South Burlington High School in Vermont, where he taught a variety of math and science courses ranging from Algebra 1 to Advanced Placement Physics and Chemistry. After earning his degree in physics from Clarkson, Mr. Stone began his teaching career in South Carolina, teaching physics and chemistry and chairing the Science Department at CA Johnson High School while also coaching their chess team to a state high school championship. At South Burlington, Mr. Stone served as an advisor, representative, and coach to many teams, clubs, and committees, including the chess and martial arts clubs, varsity Ultimate Frisbee, Scholar’s Bowl, and the Discipline Committee. In 2012, he was selected to receive a U.S. Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award, and he is an accomplished National Academic Quiz Tournament coach. Currently Mr. Stone teaches mathematics and coaches JV ice hockey and Ultimate.