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QWASI makes donation to Connecticut STEM Program

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Robotics and Beyond Gets Funding Boost from QWASI Technology
Nonprofit will welcome up to 10 More Campers into Summer Camp

New Milford, CT – July 6, 2016 – Today, Robotics And Beyond  a nonprofit STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education program recently received a $2,000 donation [LP1] for its four-week 2016 camp season, announced Executive Director Paul Chayka. New York-based QWASI Technology made the donation during a recent visit to the camp headquarters.

“This camp is unlike anything I have ever seen. Within minutes of arriving, I was having serious debates with ten-year-olds about 3D printing and robotics. I watched them not play on iPads, but rather learn how to code, solder, and explain what they were creating, and how they might one day change the world,” explains QWASI Chief Innovation Officer, Lara Hanson. As a former college basketball player and scholarship athlete at Fordham University, Hanson explains, “It was ingrained in us that ‘with great gifts comes great responsibility.’ I am so happy that we are able to support these children, and the special educators who are mentoring them.”

“We are tremendously grateful that for this gesture of support for the program,” said Chayka. “Having an organization like QWASI, which provides software and leading-edge technology, recognize the impact we provide is a great validation for our approach and mission, as well as energizing for our staff. This donation, combined with other funds raised, will cover tuition for eight or ten campers to attend. I cannot express enough how much our families and staff appreciate it.”

Robotics And Beyonds’s mission is to help young people thrive in the technological world they encounter, discover talents, think and communicate effectively, create passionately, enjoy accomplishments, pursue fulfilling careers, give back, and become models for future generations. Classes include:

  • Electronics design and fabrication
  • 3-D modeling (CAD) and fabrication
  • Mechanics of robotics and programming
  • Coding in career-relevant languages
  • Graphic design and architecture
  • Microcontrollers and microcomputers
  • Game development and programming

“We’re thrilled to be able to support Robotics And Beyond in its exciting mission. All young people should have the opportunity to explore technology and the many career opportunities that are available to them throughout the sciences. We will continue to support organizations like Robotics And Beyond in for the incredible work they do,” said Hanson.

Tuition assistance funds from QWASI Technology and other sources remain available. “We are still accepting students who need financial assistance,” said Chayka.

For further information or for applying, email [email protected] or call 860-799-5200.

About Robotics And Beyond

Robotics and Beyond is a New Milford, CT-based not-for-profit educational organization devoted to encouraging and supporting the next generation of STEM technologists, scientists and creative thinkers. A 501(c)(3) organization, Robotics And Beyond offers programs in STEM and design topics for students from elementary school through high school and broad mentoring and teaching experience for middle school through college ages and adults. Offerings include after-school programs, weekend workshops, competitive robotics, special events (such as Girls-Only Coding Nights and Minecraft Nights) and summer camp. For more information on programs or to find out how you can help, visit our web site at


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