West Point Cadets to Instruct Youth Residents in Robotics Skills

For More Information: 

Jenn Moore
jmoore@nrha.us
757.314.2009

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Wed, 06/03/2015

Norfolk, VA (June 3, 2015) – Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) is partnering  with U.S. West Point Military Academy at West Point, Army Research Lab and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to bring cutting edge science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills via robotics  to sixth- eighth graders who reside in assisted-rental housing.

A STEMsational Workshop will be held June 6 at the Ray and Joan Kroc Center of the Salvation Army.  Under the instruction of a West Point mathematics professor and four cadets, about forty students will build VEX IQ robots followed by a competition phase where they will be taught to program robots and perform certain tasks. Other STEM scholars will observe the workshop.

This is part of an overall program to expose cadets to life and residents in assisted-rental communities as well as educational and workforce development programs designed to move residents to economic self-sufficiency.

 

About West Point:

The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year co-educational federal undergraduate liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and is world-renown for leader development. Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.

About NRHA: 

Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities.  As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA is an important driver of the local economy.

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