ARTY is a summer program for youth that offers elementary school children an opportunity to learn and experiment with robot art projects. High school students are specially trained for the week-long workshop and mentor ARTY participants. In turn, those high school students are mentored by faculty-led college and graduate students.
Students learn about robotics and computer science through its intersection with art, and have the opportunity to engage with guest artists and scientists pursuing projects in art, design, and technology.
“Diversifying STEM disciplines is not just a matter of attracting a more diverse population,” says Sarah Bay-Cheng, former director of Technē Institute. “It’s also important to establish networks and mentorships in those fields. It’s about being able to imagine yourself in different environments and seeing successful people who look like you from middle school though high school and college, to professionals in higher education and beyond.”