Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York  

RETC Hosts First-Ever Student Robotics Festival

Contact: Suzanne Stevens
(212) 636-6538

NEW YORK—Student robotic teams from Bronx-area schools will demonstrate their robots during “Bots in the Bronx,” a robotics festival on Saturday Jan. 15, from 9 to 1, in the McGinley Center on the Rose Hill campus, 441 E. Fordham Road. Up to seven student teams are expected to attend.

The centerpiece of the day will be a practice competition, in which the student teams will program their robots to perform a series of tasks. There will also be workshops on how to build robots and improve their performance, demonstrations of advanced robots, and tips on how to capture the most educational value from robotics.

“This event is designed to expose students and teachers to the educational possibilities of robotics,” said Kathleen P. King, Ed.D., the director of Fordham’s Regional Educational Technology Center (RETC) at Fordham and of Adult Education and Human Resource Development in the Graduate School of Education. “We hope they’ll be encouraged to either start a robotics program at their school or to take their existing program to a higher level.”

TIME:  9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
             441 E. FORDHAM RD., BRONX, NY

“Bots in the Bronx” is being sponsored by the RETC, in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education  Region 2, in the Bronx , and FIRST LEGO League, an organization that encourages robotics learning and hosts student competitions around the world. More information is available at

The RETC is dedicated to serving and researching the professional development needs of educators striving to improve student and teacher performance. The center’s award-winning programs serve educators across grade levels and contexts, providing in-class and distance learning opportunities. These efforts span K-12, adult education and higher education settings.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is New York City’s Jesuit University, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 15,800 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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