The Institute of MERIT is happy to announce its newest program for the graduates of the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students (ICPS) who will be entering grade 8 or 9 in September. The program began in September 2019. The objective of the program is to introduce students to the engineering design process and the fundamentals of robotic construction in order to build problem solving skills, advance critical thinking, broaden creative and innovative reasoning and to encourage a love of mathematics. Students will work in small groups to allow for more personal instruction by the teacher and to enable collaboration in a comfortable environment. No prior experience was required.
The program has been an outstanding success and will once again be offered in September 2023. Classes will meet at SUNY Old Westbury on Saturday mornings from 9 am until 11:30 am. The program will consist of 12 sessions with all sessions devoted to the use of the SnappyXO Design-Driven Robotics Education Kit. At the culmination of the scheduled classes, students will be allowed to take home the kits in order to continue learning and understanding the programming and engineering process. The fee of $500 will help to cover the cost of the materials and the instructors. This year we will only be accepting registration via Eventbrite.