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Robotics Crash Course

Cost: $1375.00

Description: The “Robotics Crash Course” is an introductory course to understanding the fundamentals of how mobile robotic systems function. Learning about how to integrate sensors and actuators (sometimes called motors) using a micro-processor, is a central lesson taught throughout the timeline of the class. Students will assemble and program a WiFi controlled robot. This course is a great introduction to many courses you will see throughout your college engineering education curriculum. This class is limited to 24 students per session.

Instructors: Michael Giglia, The Cooper Union Makerspace Manager, and Cooper Union student teaching assistants

Prerequisites: Experience programming in an object-oriented language such as C, C++, Java, or Python.


  • Session 1: July 6 to July 23, 2020 
  • Session 2: July 27 to August 13, 2020

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


  • Workshops 10:00 am - 12 pm
  • Breakout sessions 1:00 – 2:00 pm or 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Time per day: 3 hours/day plus 30-60 minutes project work

Location: Online

Teaching method: Synchronous. The instructor and teaching assistants will lead students through scheduled lectures, discussions and demonstrations.


  • Paper
  • Pencil and/or pen

Robotics Kit will be provided to students living in the United States only.

Technology Requirements:

Class: Computer with camera and microphone to participate in online video class (Zoom) and program at the same time.

Project work: Computer with WiFi to use web-based software (Arduino, Microsoft office) and file management system (Github, Microsoft Teams).  Camera to collect images and video of the robot and upload to presentation and portfolio.

Prerequisites: Experience programming in an object-oriented language such as C, C++, Java, or Python.

Credits: 0.00

Course Code: STEM 202

Instructor(s): Michael Giglia

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.