Padnos College Outreach

Get With the Program - TBD

        Instructors Teresa Peterman and Ana Posada offer a one-week camp "Get with the Program" each August for girls entering the 7th or 8th grades. Campers are taught the programming and engineering principles required to build and program LEGO NXT MINDSTORMS® autonomous robots. Campers also learn the Alice 3-D programming environment and build two electronic robot kits, which they take home at the end of camp. Campers visit two local industries (J.R. Automation Technologies, LLC and Koops, Inc.) that use computing and robotics, in order to see real world examples of the technology they have used.

        This camp is part of a continuum of technology-based opportunities for girls at Grand Valley State University, starting with the Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer Camp for Girls (STEPS).

"We look forward to the opportunity to share our enthusiasm for programming and robotics, in innovative and interesting ways, with a new group of young women each summer."

Program Activities

         Program Activities include designing, building and programming autonomous robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS®. Campers will also build and program two robots from kits that they will take home at the conclusion of camp. Campers will do programming in Alice (a GUI-based 3-D modelling language used by K-12 schools and universities to introduce object oriented programming to students) and write "stories" and small "movies" using 3-D objects. The campers will go on a field trip to local industries that use computing and robotics.


Financial Support

           Past funding for Get with the Program has been provided by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (NASA), the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).


         Requirements are as follows: Participants must be currently in the 6th or 7th grade. Participants must be female and Michigan residents.

For more information

If you have any questions or desire more information, please contact:


Teresa Peterman



Ana Posada



Or call: 616-331-2060

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