Robotics



COST: $3,200
AGE: RISING 8TH GRADERS AND OLDER
DATES: June 28-July 11, 2020
MAXIMUM CAPACITY: 24 STUDENTS

In this two-week program students will learn to use the VEX Robotics V5 system and VEXcode language 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 critical problem-solving skills. The course culminates in a friendly "competition" that showcases student work to the Summer Portals community.

Faculty

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.