University of Phoenix Funds Mobile Robotics Labs at 44 Schools

Costa Mesa, CA., Feb. 2, 2011 – University of Phoenix Southern California Campus announced today that it has teamed with THINK Together, California's largest non-profit provider of after-school and other academically focused extended learning programs, to provide a four-month curriculum and mobile robotics labs that will rotate among 44 area schools.

"A new workforce of problem-solvers, innovators and inventors who are self-reliant and able to think logically is one of the critical foundations that drive a state economy's innovation capacity," said Dr. CynDee Zandes, Chief Program Officer for THINK Together. "We're grateful to University of Phoenix for enabling us to bring this critical instruction to our local children."

"University of Phoenix is built on the belief that education is one of the primary factors that enables individuals to improve their lives," said University of Phoenix Western Region Territory Vice President, LeeAnne Herbold. "We are thrilled to partner with THINK Together to bring the wonder and excitement of robotics science to our area children."

The funding from University of Phoenix allows for a complete installation of 22 mobile robotics laboratories that will serve 44 Southern California schools and be available to more than 15,000 students who participate in the THINK Together after-school programs at those sites.

The laboratories support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning and are specifically designed to teach students scientific and mathematical concepts through robotics and applied technology. As part of the lab's STEM curriculum, students engage in scientific endeavors that include designing in a Computer-Aided-Design program, building walking machines and conducting programming experiments. Through this curriculum, students also develop workplace skills including teamwork, cooperative learning, problem solving, critical thinking, analysis and logical development. The program is designed to empower students to excel in mathematics, science and engineering as well as prepare them for a potential career working with technology.

To visit one of the labs or receive pictures, contact Danica Ross at 310-612-9292 or or Larry Tenney at 888.485.THINK or

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About THINK Together

THINK Together is a non-profit Community Based Organization (CBO) providing after-school and other extended learning time programs for California students. THINK Together serves 70,000 students at 225+ sites across a five county footprint of Southern California (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties) plus Sacramento. THINK is an acronym: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring & Nurturing Kids. For more information, visit or


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit