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Robotics Summer Academy

Online-based camp June 15 - 19, 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 in-person Robotics Summer Academy has moved online.

Robotics Summer Academy

During the Virtual Robotics Summer Academy, high school students build and program their own robot from the comfort of their home while receiving virtual instructions in real-time from Parks engineering faculty.  At the end of camp, students will have their own functioning robot to keep!

Academy participants receive instruction via Zoom from electrical, computer and mechanical engineering faculty and have the opportunity to e-meet other high school students interested in robotics.

This is a virtual camp.

For more information found below. If you have any questions, please contact parksevents@slu.edu.

Eligibility

High school students entering grades nine through 12 in the fall of 2020 are eligible. Space is limited to 20 students.

Computer and Space Requirements:
Campers will need access to a Zoom-capable computer with a webcam and internet connection of at least 3Mbps between 8am and 4pm CDT during the week of camp. The computer will also need to be compatible with the Arduino development environment and have available USB-A port. To enhance the experience, it is preferred but not required that students have access to a smartphone that is also Zoom-capable. To test robots, campers will also need a flat surface or floor space at least 6 ft x 6 ft in size. Supplies for the robot kits will be mailed to each camper in early June.

Key Dates
  • May 15: Registration and final non-refundable tuition payment due
  • First week of June: Robot kits and supplies mailed to each camper
  • June 15: Students log in for the first day of virtual camp!
Sample Schedule
  • 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Instruction via Zoom
  • 9:30 a.m. to Noon: Build time/Office hours
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Lunch break
  • 1 to 2:00 p.m.: Instruction via Zoom
  • 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Build time/Office hours
Cost

$300. Payment is due by May 15. 
 
Full and partial scholarships are available. Students wishing to be considered for a scholarship need to submit the scholarship application at the time of registration. Scholarship recipients will be notified on a rolling basis. 
 
Tuition covers the robot each student builds (valued at approximately $250), shipping, and camp operation costs.

Scholarships

Full and partial scholarships are available. Students wishing to be considered for a scholarship need to submit the scholarship application at the time of registration. Scholarship recipients will be notified on a rolling basis. 
 
Scholarship applicants must complete all camp registration requirements plus the online scholarship application. The application will ask you to answer the following questions:  
 
Why do you want to attend the Robotics Summer Academy?
Why are you applying for a scholarship for the Summer Academy?
Why are you a viable or deserving scholarship candidate? (Consider scholastic or academic achievements, extracurricular activities, demonstrated interests, etc.)
 
Scholarship recipients will be notified on a rolling basis. 


The 2020 scholarship application is closed.

Registration

Registration for the Virtual Robotics Summer Academy 2020 is closed.