Summer Program Spotlight on new Lego Robotics instuctor, Julie Bufkin

julie_cameron_LThumb.jpgBASIS Independent Summer in Brooklyn is excited to welcome back Ms. Julie Bufkin of BASIS Phoenix Central to our Summer Lego Robotics program! Ms. Bufkin is excited to spend the summer teaching in New York where she previously spent several years while completing her undergraduate degree at New York University, and working at a hackspace where she helped make one of the first 3-D printers in Brooklyn. Ms. Bufkin currently teaches 1st-4th grade engineering classes and has an impressive Lego Robotics background. Ms. Bufkin co-sponsored the BASIS Phoenix Central Lego Robotics team leading up to the FLL (FIRST Lego League) tournament, and has been a competition judge for four years, assessing the kids' technical and presentation skills.

At BASIS Phoenix Central she has also coached students competing to make the worlds' longest Lego bridge and tallest Lego tower building, in addition to teaching Javascript programming and coaching the chess club. Outside of BASIS she has worked with a high school robotics community team to prepare for FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition), the high school version of the Lego team. She also comes from a well-known robotics family: her dad was one of the teachers who coached the team featured in the robotics movie “Spare Parts”.

Julie is thrilled to join us this summer in Brooklyn and can’t wait to combine her deep content expertise with her passion for science and technology to create a truly memorable and unique summer experience for Brooklyn families. To learn more about our Lego Robotics program, visit our website to view our complete summer program listings.



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