Students will work on real-world scientific challenges where robots are used instead of humans in situations of danger, dirty, or demoralizing activities. Students progressively build their knowledge of engineering, computer programming, and robotics. Students will learn how to build their own robot to best suit the challenge they face. They will also use a graphical programming language called Robolab to program their robot to accomplish their missions. Building instructions and programming instructions are provided for those with little experience. Experienced students are challenged to build their own robot and develop their own program to accomplish their mission. Once students acquire a background with robotics, they will put their skills to the test in fun competitions with their robots.
The Siena College Urban Scholars Program is a Program for any student that attends an Elementary, or Middle School in the Albany City School District.
We meet for a total of 14 Saturdays during the school year, typically six of them in the fall semester, and two blocks of four in the spring semester.
Students are bussed to and from Siena with the program starting at 10:00am and ending at 3:00pm.
In the morning, the students participate in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) based class.
Lunch is provided in the Siena College Dining Hall.
After lunch, students participate in their second class, something based on Liberal Arts such as art or photography.
Classes are designed to be challenging for students, and we encourage them to ask for help.
Students will work closely with Siena students in a small mentor to student ratio so every student gets the help that he or she may need.
The program strives to encourage student's critical thinking skills, teamwork with their fellow piers, and persistance to never give up if something seems too hard. We want students to learn that their potential is beyond what they ever thought possible!
Physics with Egg Drop
Physics with Bottle Rockets
Programming with Scratch, Alice, & Python
Duct Tape Circuits
Architecture with Minecraft
Patterns with Rubik’s Cube
Geography with Mapping GIS
Fun with Chemistry
|Artistic Design / Painting
Cartooning with Science
Electronic Music / Dubstep
Success Strategies for Teens