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VEX Robotics Challenge: Design, Build, and Drive!: 6th-12th Grade: 7/24-7/28


Monday, July 24 - Friday, July 28, 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: Students entering grade 6 through 12 in the Fall 2017.


Why robotics?  Where do you start?  Even if you have never tried robotics, you are welcome and encouraged to join this program.


Our enthusiastic and lively instructors will help participants design, build, and drive our program robots using the VEX robotics platform. A challenge will be presented to the students during the week and they will work together to learn new skills and master the challenge.  The week culminates in an informal fun competition. In addition to learning new engineering skills, students gain life skills such as teamwork, communication, collaboration and critical thinking! This is a great class to learn more and experience what opportunities are available.

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. 

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