Bio-Robotics Workshop for Girls at the Zoo at Thompson Park

Bio-Robotics Workshop for Girls at the Zoo at Thompson Park

AAUW and the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park partner to combine animals and engineering


Watertown, N.Y. (Date, 2017)— The Jefferson County (NY) Branch of The American Association of University Women (AAUW), in partnership with the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park, is pleased to present a Bio-Robotics STEM Event for girls in grades K-4 on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park.

The children who attend the free event will meet some of the zoo’s animals up close to witness how nature has designed them to move. After observation, the girls will have the opportunity to build their own robots using the animals for inspiration.

“Bringing this event to the zoo has been really exciting. Our main focus has always been animals, but providing the chance to combine technology and engineering with the natural sciences is a really special opportunity for these children” says Amanda Paddock, Curator of Education and Conservation.

Currently, all twenty five spots are filled, however the Zoo at Thompson Park and AAUW are looking for more opportunities to bring this event back in the near future.

The event is sponsored in part by a program grant through AAUW-NYS.

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About AAUW

AAUW’s mission is, “Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.” This two and a half hour event is being hosted to encourage girls to pursue their interests in the fields of biology and engineering, in hopes of furthering this mission.


About New York State Zoo at Thompson Park:

The Thompson Park Zoo is dedicated to providing natural world experiences that foster an appreciation of the Empire State’s ecosystems through conservation, education, scientific study, and responsible recreation. The 32-acre zoo is home to abundant threatened or endangered animals, including wolverines, bears, eagles, mountain lions and more. The zoo attracts nearly 50,000 visitors per year, is supported by over 800 member households, and reaches nearly 35,000 people through education programs. The Thompson Park Zoo continues to move forward inspiring conservation, education and family oriented programs. For more information, call (315) 782-6180, visit, or e-mail

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