Hands on learning

Youngsters in the region have fun at Robotics and Beyond summer camp

Hands-on learning. That's what the nonprofit organization Robotics And Beyond in New Milford offers students in grades K-12.

Founded by Michael Morrissey and Paul Chayka, the science and engineering education organization aims to introduce, capture and retain the interest of students in science, technology, engineering and math and design-related fields.

The organization offers hands-on projects, workshops and other activities for students to create, design, develop, implement and test their own ideas.

Programs are available throughout the year, with one of the biggest offering being summer camp.

This year, the camp marked its 10th year, focusing on engineering, robotics, computer science, mechanical engineering and design.

Activities are adapted to student needs, and mentors, many of whom are past campers, are on hand to offer guidance.

For younger campers aged 5 to 9 from the Greater New Milford area and beyond, activities are age appropriate and include instruction about the center of gravity, photosynthesis, energy, structure and more.

This year's camp was offered in July and the first week of August in the library media center at New Milford High School.

Junior camp was offered over three weeks and drew 33 campers. Youths were assisted by four mentors and two adult instructors.

Camp for older youths took place over a four-week period and drew 109 attendees, with 19 of them attending for multiple weeks.

Nineteen mentors helped with the older youths, and three adult instructors were on hand.

For more information about Robotics And Beyond, call 860-944-6175, or stop by the office at 30 Bridge St., Suite 204.

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Photography by Deborah Rose