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Computer Science, Robotics & Technology

Program Code: X08R

Expo logo along with Computer science for all logo

Our nationally recognized Computer Science, Robotics and Technology program affords students the opportunity to study in a nurturing, four-year, Project Based Learning sequence where students gain knowledge and skills by working to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge supported by NYCDOE Computer Science for All programs.

WHY COMPUTER SCIENCE CAREERS? The graph below, provided by The Girls Who Code, shows that there are 500,000 open computing jobs in the U.S., but only 40,000 CS students graduate every year.

Graphic showing there are 500,000 computer science joabs available in the US. Source: Girls Who Code.

At Explorations Academy High School we are giving all of our students a computer science education to compete for all these available jobs. The computer science grants we receive are invested to enhance our student's Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) skills, engagement and to reward them for their hard work.

Mr. Barreto on the left with female students holding amazon's $30,000 check

Mr. Barreto, our CS-Robotics teacher, was one of 10 teachers in the U.S. to get a $30,000 prize with Expo Computer Science student Deandra Austin. The prize was used to start our FTC robotics program.

Explorations CS-Robotics was featured on NYC Channel 11.


Four year computer science sequence at Expo

Expo four-year, Project Based Learning sequence, enhanced by Amazon Student Future Engineer options.

Expo AP college board award for female inclusion in AP Computer science courses

At Expo we are very serious about closing the gender gap in STEAM, therefore we make sure our female students are included in all computer science courses as well as AP CS courses.

We have five First Tech Challenge Robotics team that will compete at city tournaments to go to nationals in Texas in 2024.

Four Expo robotics students with their robot

Expo Robotics team StarlightX, Juan, Anderlin, Brian and Kemora, at Sat. Nov. 18th tournament.

Three students holding a robot

Expo Robotics team Hydratexh, Yandel, Julian and Richard, at Sat. Nov. 18th tournament.

Seven people standing, holding a robot, two male, five female.

Expo Robotics team BronxBabyy, Lismariel holding robot, at Sat. Nov. 18th tournament with her support team: Ms. Soto, mentor: Mr. Caraballo, Abuela-BronxBabyy, Aniyah, Mr. Garcia, and Dalismar.

Robotics teams competing on game field

Expo Robotics teams: StarlightX (front left) and Hydratehx (front right) competing at Sat. Nov. 18, 2023 FTC Challenge tournament.

Some of the coding languages taught are Python, Java, JavaScript, block and text coding, HTML web design, First Tech. Challenge robotics, App creation, and technical support/Geek Squad training.

We offer paid computer science internships in conjunction with over 300 NYC tech companies and Cornell University. Special attention is given to participation in citywide and national competitions such as First Tech Robotics and the bridge-building challenge. We have outstanding CS faculty such as an Amazon Future Engineer Teacher of the Year.

Participants develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas.


Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.


Build and compete with a robot of your own design. Improve teamwork, interpersonal, and communication skills. Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments. Understand and practice Gracious Professionalism(Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.)


High school students who have participated or are participating on high-school-level FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams are eligible to apply for $80M+ in college scholarships. Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship.


Robotics Alumni & Scholarships


Five students standing by Cornell Teach campus with two robots

Expo Robotics students at Cornell Tech to work on their robots: Tostones & BronxBabyy. Nelson, Lucia, Nestor, Ricardo and Wilyernin, Nov. 2023.