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Robotics Summer Academy

Online-based camp June 28 - July 2, 2021

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, see below. If you have any questions, please contact parksevents@slu.edu.

Eligibility

High school students entering grades nine through 12 in the fall of 2021 are eligible. Space is limited to 25 students.

Computing Requirements:

  • Academy participants must have access to PC or Mac computer with a camera, at least 8 Gig of ram running either Windows 10 or macOS 10.14 or newer during the camp week.  St. Louis-based students may request to borrow one of a limited number of computers from SLU for camp week (students may indicate interest in the online application).

  • It is suggested the students have either a second monitor for their computer or a 10" or bigger tablet to use as a second screen during directed development work. The camp programming will have students doing work while following along with a presentation; having these on separate screens helps.

  • It is also suggested the students have access to a portable camera. This can be in the form of a cell phone, a tablet or a USB camera attached to their computer. When debugging the robots it is helpful to be able to point the camera at different parts of the robot and from different angles.

Work station space Requirements:

  • Students should have a flat, level, hard surface to set the robot track on. This space needs to be 4' x 6' with room to walk around the outside.  Campers will construct a paper field the robot will drive around at the end of camp. Without sufficient space, this field does not work well.
  • The students also need to have a computer desk or tabletop that is big enough for their computer, second display device and their robot. Having an adequate work space will allow students to productively follow along with camp content.
Key Dates
  • January 25: Registration opens
  • March 28: Virtual Robotics Academy  registration and scholarship applications due
  • Week of April 12: Notification for scholarship recipients
  • May 14: Final non-refundable tuition payment must be postmarked
  • Second week of June: Robot kits and supplies mailed to each camper
  • June 28: Students log in for the first day of virtual camp!
Sample Schedule

All camp times are in Central Time.

  • 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Welcome and morning activity
  • 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 4:30 p.m.: Build time/Office hours
Cost

$400. Payment is due by May 14. 
 
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 $300), shipping, and camp operation costs.

Following registration, the program coordinator will email with confirmation and the link for tuition payment.

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. 

Apply for a scholarship to the 2021 Virtual Robotics Summer Academy

Registration

Students may register for the 2021 Virtual Robotics Summer Academy at the link below. Registration closes March 28th or when all spaces are filled.

Register for the 2021 Virtual Robotics Summer Academy