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Girls and Robots! Design, Create, Build!: 6th-12th Grade: 7/17-7/21


Monday, July 17 - Friday, July 21, 2017


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


CCSU Main Campus, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT


Pat Foster, Gregory Kane




Copernicus Hall, Rm 101

Course Description

Audience: This course is for girls entering grade 6 through 12 in Fall 2017.


Girls and Robots!  Design, Create, Build!


Join our all-girls week where girls in the class will work together to identify a human need and based on their research they will design and build a robot using the VEX robotics platform to address this need.  They will experience the design process, the build process, the programming process and how everything comes together. 


This is an interactive, hands-on class designed to give girls an opportunity to work together with a focus on solving problems.  This is not a competition, but an inclusive class where you can have fun and make new friends.  You are never too young to start learning about robotics. In addition to learning valuable technical skills, the girls will gain life skills such as teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, communication and collaboration.


We will have a female engineering student working with girls all week as well as visits from female engineers from area companies and a visit from CCSU’s president, Dr. Zulma Toro.



Instructor Information

Pat Foster

Before joining the CCSU faculty in 2001, Pat Foster was a classroom teacher in Indiana and Arizona. Thousands of elementary-school children have participated in workshops he has conducted since 1995.  

Gregory Kane

Gregory Kane first got involved with robotics as the State Consultant for Technology Education with the Connecticut Department of Education. He first organized the State Lego League  and the state VEX competitions as well as the State SeaPerch underwater ROV competitions. Recently he has taken over the responsibility for organizing the NEW State VEX IQ competition for elementary and middle school students. Greg has coordinated and taught at many teacher robotics workshops and has presented on various robotic platforms at professional conferences around the country. Greg started the CCSU  Student Summer Robotic Immersion programs four years ago. He is a certified technology education teacher and adjunct member of the CCSU faculty. 

Registration Closed – Course Full