Steve Putz founded Robotics
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.
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
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.
world where people understand technology, work productively together,
and use technology creatively and responsibly to improve the quality of
Provide opportunities for kids to:
Learn technology and engineering skills,
Gain experience working effectively in project teams,
Express their creativity and have fun,
Be inspired to explore future technology careers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.