Call for applicants: The “Autism Innovation Team”

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We are now accepting applicants for the 2015 Innovation Team. We’re looking for enthusiastic middle and high-school age aspiring engineers who would like to have tons of fun and learn more than just robotics.

The initial pilot program will be held in Longmont, Colorado however we are interested potentially offering additional locations based on the needs of the community.

The Autism Innovation Team: Working to train the next generation of great robotics entrepreneurs.
The Autism Innovation Team: Working to train the next generation of great robotics entrepreneurs while teaching skills and collaborating to better understand the autism spectrum.

This is a new program designed to help individuals (and their families) on the autism spectrum to learn how to become technology entrepreneurs. This is not just a robotics club. We work on actual real-life robotics projects AND work on our presentation, communication and social skills in the process.

Anyone is welcome to apply however space is limited initially. The program is designed for high school and middle school students on the autism spectrum and or highly gifted or interested in entrepreneurship and engineering.

Each week we will meet as a group to learn about and implement some of the world’s most advanced technologies. Weekly classes cover topics including Product Development, Linux, Electronics, Robot Design, Public Speaking and Project Management. Our goal is to involve participants in the full product development cycle while teaching important skills. The program is based around the ONE robotics platform, which runs on a Raspberry Pi development kit. This program is free, including a kit for each participant.

This program is being offered in conjunction with the Longmont Public Library, The Autism Society of Colorado and Tinkermill. We are in need of parent volunteers, donations of tools and hardware and individual contributions so that we may provide hardware kits to everyone regardless of income.

Brought to you by the City of Longmont and the Longmont Public Library
Brought to you by the City of Longmont and the Longmont Public Library

 

TinkerMill is a community makerspace across the street from the Library.
TinkerMill is a community makerspace across the street from the Library.
The Autism Society of Colorado
The Autism Society of Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contacts:

Katherine Weadley
Longmont Public Library
katherine.weadley ‘at’ ci.longmont.co.us
(303) 651-8470

Jalali Hartman
ROBAUTO
jhartman ‘at’ robauto.co
303.999.1924