The Notre Dame Center for Civic Innovation (NDCCI) is excited to announce the start of a new Vex Robotics Club in collaboration with the Notre Dame College of Engineering, 100 Black Men of Greater South Bend, and CCI Youth Program. With a financial gift from PPG Industries, CCI will bring a team of 5th grade students from the West Side of South Bend together each semester to participate in hands-on STEM labs, learn computer coding, and engage in friendly competition with other Vex Robotics teams.
"We are so excited to offer the CCI children Vex Robotics activities thanks to the Notre Dame College of Engineering and PPG Industries. We can't wait to get started!" said NDCCI Youth Programs Coordinator, Aurelie Delavignette.
CCI Youth Program’s Vex Robotics Club will be open to former CCI Youth Program tutoring students, and each participant will be eligible to participate for one semester. The team will begin convening in late January and be coordinated by former CCI Summer Intern and Riley High School graduate, Zavion Herron.
"I am honored to be a part of this program, and I'm excited to bring all of these students together. Students will gain skills and experience that they can apply to STEM employment in the future," said Zavion Herron, Vex Robotics Club Coordinator.
Notre Dame Engineering students will contribute to the effort through regular volunteer opportunities with the Engineering Leadership Club.