Bronx Students Design Their Own Robots—Thanks to Intel and Lehman College

The Bronx students proudly pose with their robot creations.

Thanks to a partnership between Intel, Lehman College and the Department of Education, three South Bronx students from High School/Middle School 223, designed their own robots that used a 3D printer to bring their creations to life. The pilot program with Lehman, Students and Robots, is part of Intel’s 21st Century Robot Project, which seeks to develop an open source 3D printable robot platform.

The student participants—Anjeliqe Martinez, 12-years-old; Yaritza Montiel, 12-years-old; Melvin Estudillo, 11-years-old—are all seventh graders at H.S./M.S. 223 and were selected by Intel after submitting their own original ideas to the 21st Century Robot team.

The ongoing partnership between Lehman College and Intel is just one of the ways the College is establishing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) pipeline for local students.

“Lehman College is fulfilling its promise to create more opportunities for Bronx students to enter the much-needed STEM fields,” said Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández, President of Lehman College. “Look at what these children created—from their own imaginations. When given the chance, children from the Bronx can compete with children from any corner of this nation.”

“This pilot project is aligned with the vision of President Fernández, of creating a pipeline for students from the Bronx and our surrounding region to enter the STEM fields,” said Ronald Bergmann, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Lehman College. “And we are proud to have worked with Intel on this exciting initiative as we have on the Bronx SciFest. We would particularly like to thank Intel’s Futurist, Brian David Johnson, who has been the force behind this initiative.”

Since 2013 Intel has sponsored the Bronx SciFest, which allows Bronx high schoolers a chance to develop their own scientific research under the guidance of college professors with the goal of helping them establish careers in the STEM fields.