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New program forms robotics team for students with autism

Have Dreams, a nonprofit that serves children, teens and young adults with autism, will offer a Saturday Robotics Program for high school students on the autism spectrum starting this fall in Evanston.

The goal of the program is to form one of the first robotics teams in the United States made up of students on the autism spectrum to compete in local tournaments, such as the First Tech Challenge.

The program is open to all high school students on the autism spectrum, who are at grade level in math and science. Students will learn how to design, build, and program robots by applying real world math and science concepts. Additionally, students will develop problem solving, organizational and team building skills.

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The program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays from Sept. 26 through March 19 at Have Dreams, 2020 Dempster St. in Evanston.

The program cost is $1,450 and is payable in installments. For more information or to register, email intakes@havedreams.org or call (847) 905-0702.

Have Dreams is able to offer this new program thanks to a grant from the Special Kids Foundation and a robotics kit provided by the Service Club of Chicago. A leader in autism services for 20 years, Have Dreams offers programs for children, teens and young adults with autism, diagnostic and family support services and specialized training for teachers at its Evanston and Park Ridge locations.

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