SUNY Poly Events Calendar

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Academic Calendars

K-12 Outreach Programming


Office of Continuing Professional Education
K-12 Outreach Programming


Professional Development for Educators

  • SUNY Poly faculty provide STEM expertise to targeted professional development for area educators.  Current topics include STEM, nanotechnology and robotics. Area STEM professionals conduct workshops, offer site tours and follow up collaborations on STEM lesson planning. Currently we serve 70 educators in the Utica City School District.

Custom PD for educational administrators also available.


Robot Riot

May  robotics event, where COACHES PLAY!

Pre-registration required.

Robot Riot


Academic Day Camps for Middle and High School Students in July and August

Tuition based, with community-supported need-based scholarships

Taught by professional SUNY Poly Faculty and Staff

2015 Camps List:

  • Introduction to FIRST LEGO League
  • LEGO Mindstorms Robotics
  • SUMO Robotics
  • Girls' Math/Science
  • Girls's Engineering Technology
  • Computer Security Camp
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Nanotechnology Camp
  • Alternative Energy




Junior FIRST® LEGO® League captures young children's curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology.

In Jr FLL, teams of 6-9 year olds create a 'Show Me' Poster and a LEGO machine with at least one motorized part that will demonstrate a concept that the team has thought about and talked about as a solution to the Jr FLL theme. This year's theme is WASTE WISE. SUNY Poly will host a Jr FLL Expo at the FLL Championship.




Using LEGO Mindstorms® Robotics kits, teams of 9-14 year old kids design, build and program autonomous robots to maneuver a field of missions in time-trials. The team researches a real world problem, meets experts, then comes up with an innovative solution to the problem they defined. At a tournament, the team presents their solution to judges. Start a team with an eye toward 2015 TRASH TREK season and join the fun! SUNY Poly hosts an FLL Championship.





FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using Java, and industry standard programming language. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

SUNY Poly became the Affiliate Partner for FTC in 2015, adding this program to its stable of K-12 Outreach initiatives. SUNY Poly will host a Championship in the newly formed Excelsior Region of New York State. 

 FTC @ SUNY Poly

 FIRST Family of Programs



FRC is designed for students in grades 9-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in a three vs. three alliance format on a basketball sized playing field. The robot kit does not come with instructions! Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers develop a business plan, engineering notebook, as well as game strategies; the robots are built on sound engineering principles. Trophies are awarded for outstanding team accomplishments.

SUNY Poly hosts and mentors a regional FRC Team, The Second Mouse, with mentoring and lab resources on the SUNY Poly campus.

Mohawk Valley Technology Education and Pre-Engineering Showcase

Every March, technology students from Mohawk Valley schools take over the Campus Center to display projects they have been working on in class. There are technology competitions, including CAD, several kinds of robotics, digital photography, CO2 car races, and catapult/trebuchet contests.

Area colleges send representatives to talk about options for post-secondary technology and engineering education.

Area companies host tables and offer displays to inspire teenagers to look toward a career future in technology/engineering here, in the Mohawk Valley.

Indium Corporation is the Presenting Sponsor for the Mohawk Valley Technology Education and Pre-Engineering Showcase.

Mohawk Valley Technology Education and Pre-Engineering Showcase


NSF After School STEM Mentoring Fellowship Program

SUNY Poly has partnered with the New York Academy of Sciences and Empire State College on this National Science Foundation-sponsored program to offer a unique opportunity for graduate students.

Graduate students in a STEM discipline may apply to participate as middle school mentors, enhancing STEM educational opportunities for area children, with hands-on learning experiences in an informal after school setting. Fall 2015 mentoring topics include: Robotics and Life Sciences.

Participant graduate students enroll tuition-free in a 3-credit graduate course through Empire State College, called Practicum in Teaching and Mentoring in STEM. This course covers general pedagogy for new teachers as well as specific topics in mentoring. Participant graduate students also take a full day of curriculum training in the STEM topic that they will teach that semester.

For more background on the NSF After School STEM Mentoring Fellowship Program, please see NYAS ASP

For more information, contact:

315-792-7383 phone

315-792-7278 fax