Benton House works to engage our neighborhood youth by providing quality, educational programming. Our instructors strive to be supportive figures in the Bridgeport community and hope to impart knowledge that may go beyond a program's curriculum and stay with students as they grow to become active members of their community.

Youth Programming at Benton House has existed in many different ways over the years. We always strive to do better and continue to adapt to our community. So make sure to check back with us as our programming grows!

Here's some of our Current and Upcoming Youth Programming


Audio Electronics

The Audio Electronic program introduces teens to electrical theory and practice. The program focuses on construction, repair, and maintenance of existing equipment, conception and construction of new equipment, as well as instruction in the field of general electronics. Apprentices learn basic electronics, basic soldering and metering skills, theory practice of electrical audio concepts, and real-world repair. The curriculum teaches logic and practical workplace skills and focuses on the successful completion of different class projects. 

Jaime Gartelos, Instructor

FIRST Robotics Competition

Click here to apply for Benton House Robotics Team 4551

The 2014 build season is underway for this year's game, Aerial Assist.  Our team is hard at work preparing to return to the Midwest Regional as a second-year veteran team.

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The varsity Sport for the MindTM, FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Students get to:

  Learn from professional engineers
  Build and compete with a robot of their own design 
  Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware
  Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments
  Earn a place in the World Championship
  Qualify for over $18 million in college scholarships 

First Robotics Competition Website

Ryan Kamphuis, Mentor

Kori Bowns, Mentor

Ben Noetzel, Mentor

Learn more: Click here to view our Robotics pamphlet



Computer Refurbishment

Click here to apply for YTC Computer Refurbishment

Benton House is working with Youth Technology Corps to provide computer refurbishment classes for youth in our community. YTC is a collaborative of computer technology experts, IT and business professionals, educators, and dedicated students all committed to provide cutting-edge computer technology to communities on a local and global level and training youth to teach, provide and contribute that technology back into the communities where they live.

Computer Refurbishment classes meet Saturdays 12pm-3pm

Spring: February 22 - April 26
Summer: June 21 - August 23
Fall: October 4 - December 6

Michael Lane, Instructor

Ben Noetzel, Coordinator


Learn more: Click here to view our Computer Refurbishment pamphlet