COST: $3,200
DATES: July 1-14, 2018

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, Program Director

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.

Bill Fenton

Bill Fenton is an Instructor in Physics and Astronomy at the Hotchkiss School and the recipient of the 2016 James C. Kapteyn Prize from The Berkshire Taconic Foundation. He has been working in a growing robotics program for the last six years, teaching an elective in robotics and advising a student club and independent studies that relate to robotics and physical computing. Bill trained at Carnegie Melon with the creators of the RobotC programing language. A tinkerer at heart, Bill can usually be found in his lab building things. His latest creations include an Augmented Reality Sandbox, a internet-enabled Detroit Tigers Scoreboard and a GPS puzzle box.