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Girl Power! Power Tools and Girls 7/6 - 7/10 9th - 12th graders

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Building, Coding and Programming Underwater Robots 7/13 - 7/17 7th - 12th graders

Each student will design, build, and keep their own working SeaPerch underwater robot from scratch. The SeaPerch build will be supervised by Connecticut teachers that have had extensive experience in SeaPerch.

Learning about and building SeaPerch bolsters basic concepts in science and engineering, as well as tool safety and technical procedures.

SeaPerch ( is a program in which students build and test (at the CCSU pool) underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) following a curriculum that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a marine engineering theme, including basic submarine design and naval architecture.

During this program students will first practice construction circuit boards where they will perfect their soldering skills. Following the basic build skill development they will construct their SeaPerch and learn to maneuver it in the CCSU pool. Following the first build and test they will then be challenged to modify their SeaPerch where they will have the opportunity to print 3D modified parts. This will culminate with a competition between ROVs in the pool following the same challenges and underwater courses used in the National SeaPerch Championship.

The SeaPerch experience will culminate with a trip to the Naval Submarine Museum, the home of the historic submarine Nautilus in Groton Connecticut. The students will tour the submarine and museum guided by a submarine sailor who served aboard both nuclear and conventional submarines.

Students will get to keep their own ROV and programs files and flash drive.



Elementary Robotics VEX IQ 7/13 - 7/17 3rd - 5th graders

Join our Robotics VEX IQ class for a week full of exciting fun activities centered around robotics! Students will work together designing and building manually driven VEX IQ  robots in this beginner’s level session.  There will be friendly competitions during the week with the other groups in the class.  If time allows, we’ll delve into other technological projects (like straw rockets) that will enhance our problem solving and critical thinking skills.  Who knew learning could be so fun?!!

Build, Code and Create VEX IQ Robotics 7/20 - 7/24 7th - 12th graders

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Space Robotics - Code for the Space Station 7/20 - 7/31 6th - 12th graders

The Space Robotics Summer Program is an innovative and inspiring program for students that is truly out of this world! The two-week STEM curriculum introduces students to computer programming, robotics, and space engineering, and provides hands-on experience programming SPHERES (Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). The program culminates in a tournament where winning teams’ SPHERES compete aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Participants will get to see the SPHERES operate in space via a live feed from the ISS while NASA astronauts provide real-time commentary. Space Robotics Summer Program is provided through a partnership between the MIT Space Systems Lab, the Innovation Learning Center, and Aurora Flight Sciences. The program is sponsored by NASA, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), and the Northrup Grumman Foundation. Space Robotics seeks to inspire our next generation of great minds by allowing them unprecedented access to space. By making the benefits and resources of the International Space Station tangible to students, Space Robotics hopes to cultivate an appreciation of science, technology, engineering and math through healthy, immersive, collaborative competition.

For tournament, participants:

•Brainstorm strategies

•Apply math and physics

•Write computer programs

•Observe results in simulation

•Compete in online competitions


Student participants compete to win a technically challenging game by programming their strategies into the SPHERES. Students’ programs control the satellites’ speed, rotation, and direction of travel. The students program their satellites to complete competition objectives, for example navigating obstacles, while conserving resources such as fuel. The programs are autonomous – that is, the students are not able to directly control the satellites while they are running. Each year’s game is motivated by a problem of interest to NASA and MIT.

Students create, edit, save, and simulate projects online. They use a graphical editor to write code, then simulate their programs immediately and see the results using a simulation. The programming interface and simulation are entirely web-based, so ZR does not require any software downloads or computer configuration. The system even allows teams to compete against themselves so that they can test different strategies before finalizing their competition submissions.

Includes a field trip on air-conditioned motorcoach bus to MIT.

Coding and Flying Drones and Robots 7/27 - 7/31 6th - 8th graders

Has your child ever wondered how things fly or wanted to build their own drone? The world of aviation has always had exciting and rewarding careers. Imagine becoming an aviator or working with state-of-the-art technology such as pilotless aircraft. In this program, kids will participate in a number of hands on activities that will explore aircraft such as fixed wing, rotary, lighter than air, multiple other types of aircraft, even drones.

Students will participate in activities where they will learn about airplane systems, aerodynamic principles and aircraft uses in transportation systems. Using STEM, engineering design and real world problem-solving, students will be engaged in each of these areas.

After our feet return to the ground to investigate the world of robotics. Participants will use VEX robotics and work together to build and program robots.

Each of these activities are taught by two experienced Technology and Engineering education professionals. Activities are STEM-based and focus on using engineering design and real-world problem-solving skills to solve problems.