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About Steve Putz

Steve Putz founded Robotics Learning in 2001 to contribute to his vision of a world where people understand technology, work productively together, and use technology creatively and responsibly to improve the quality of life.  And also to allow him to spend time regularly playing with kids and technology.

Steve Putz and robotics studentsSteve has many years experience building with LEGO blocks -- as a child, with his daughters and grandchildren, and coaching FIRST LEGO League teams.   Steve teaches programming and robotics classes at several local schools, and he runs a Programming and Robotics Day Camp each summer.  He has taught science classes to elementary school students in East Palo Alto schools, and teaches Python and Java programing classes for Middle School students.  Steve began as a FIRST LEGO League robotics team coach in FLL's first season in 1999, and his past FLL teams have won several awards.  Steve has helped organize many FLL, RoboGames, and other robotics competitions.  In 2006, Steve was a member of the Mindstorms Developers Program (MDP) and helped test the original LEGO Mindstorms NXT product before it was released.  

Steve has a Magna Cum Laude degree in Computer Science from University of California, San Diego, and worked for years as a researcher and manager at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where he did research and development in a variety of areas and received several software patents.

Steve is a member of the Bay Area LEGO User Group (BayLUG) and helps with the annual Bricks by the Bay conference and public show.

See the San Jose Mercury News Article: "Steve Putz, Teacher of the Week"

About Robotics Learning

The Vision

A world where people understand technology, work productively together, and use technology creatively and responsibly to improve the quality of all life.

The Purpose

Provide opportunities for kids to:
Provide teachers, mentors and parents with training and materials that enable them to be effective leaders, coaches and mentors of robotics and technology programs that teach and inspire others.

The Work

Develop and deliver hands-on technology education workshops and programs for adults and children.  Our education programs are project and team-based, providing training and experience in teamwork and project management skills as well as training in mechanical engineering and design, software design and development, problem solving and debugging, and presentation skills.

Participants attending our programs work in teams of two or more. An instructor introduces the teams to equipment, materials and concepts though interactive demonstrations, hands-on tutorials, team activities, and challenges.   The teams complete activities and problem-solving challenges using provided robot construction kits, computers and software.

Children participating in our Kids Workshops are guided through a hands-on experience where they design, build and program robots.  Working in teams, they learn valuable leadership and project management skills.  They are left with a feeling of accomplishment for what their team has created with their new knowledge and skills.  They also gain and an understanding of, and interest in, possible future careers in engineering, programming and other technical fields.

Participants of our Mentor Workshops gain hands-on experience and familiarity with robot construction, robot-programming software and challenges.  They receive materials, resources and strategies for organizing their own robotics activities, classes, or regional programs.

Our programs can be delivered in a variety of formats, including daytime or evening classes, full day or multi-day workshops, or weeklong summer day-camp programs.  Our programs can be held at private or public schools, clubs, homes, community facilities, or education centers. 

Steve Putz