Robotics groups to hold open houses
Robotics And Beyond in New Milford, a STEM education nonprofit organization, will hold an open house Saturday, May 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The event will take place at the group’s space at 30 Bridge St.
“It’s a day for parents and students to learn about our many programs, including our STEM and design summer camp series offered in June and July, as well as our year-round programs,” said director Paul Chayka.
Experienced peer mentors will guide visitors through different activities.
Chayka and other instructors will be available to help parents figure out appropriate topics and levels for their children.
The open house is for all ages.
In addition to this open house, Robotics And Beyond will have a series of free career and college experience open houses at New Milford High School for students going into ninth grade and up.
Adult professionals and college students will share their career and education path decisions and experiences one-on-one and with small groups of young people and parents.
“Robotics And Beyond has always made a priority of providing perspective on the many careers and education paths in fields of STEM and design,” Chayka said.
The college experience open houses will be held July 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. and July 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while the career experience event will be held July 22 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The Connecticut Community Foundation is a primary sponsor of these events through its Cradle to Career program, which fosters greater availability of resources for the public, and especially disadvantaged families, to improve their opportunities to succeed in school and careers.
Connecticut Community Foundation has been particularly helpful to Robotics And Beyond this year, providing a grant of $3,500 to improve our student registration and student information system.
"Our goal is to create an information system that allows us to track our students’ current interests, progress, and long-term career interests,” Chayka said.
“This will enable us to provide students and parents with a possible career roadmap and the education paths and skill areas needed toward those goals,” he said.
The grant was awarded under the Technology for Organizational Development program, which supports organization-wide technology projects that help build a solid infrastructure.
In addition, the Savings Bank of Danbury Foundation has provided a $1,000 grant to support the building of six additional high-performance desktop computers by our student-led Information Technology group, and Atmosphere Design Group of Valhalla, N.Y., a national full service luxury architectural design firm, has donated $800 toward programs that introduce students to concepts and skills in architecture and functional design.
Chayka noted Robotics And Beyond can have additional support by using Amazon Smile one’s shopping site.