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Robotics & Engineering Academy

Two-Week Academy | Ages 12-18

Robotics & Engineering Academy

Two-Week Academy | Ages 12-18

Design, Build, and Program Your Own Creations

Few things are more gratifying than building something for yourself. Over the course, two weeks students will learn how to build and program a robot using Arduino and a pi-top laptop using Python then they’ll take it home!

Week 1, Build a Robot with Arduino: This course provides an introduction to the world of robotics and electrical engineering! We’ll move students from basic programming and electronic circuit concepts to building the robot and exploring each sensor/actuator’s capabilities by programming the RedBot Arduino platform.

Week 2, Build a Laptop with Python: The second week builds on the knowledge of basic programming and circuitry to teach students to build their own unique projects using the Raspberry Pi and a variety of sensors. Students will learn the basics of Python, physical computing with the Pi, and how to use the Pi’s internet connectivity to communicate with it remotely.

Students in this academy will take home a robot and a laptop that they’ve built and programmed themselves!

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Hardware + Software: Arduino IDE + Sparkfun Redbot Kit, Raspberry pi top [3] + Python

Ages: Students 12-18
Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Staff Ratio: 8:1
Hardware + Software: Arduino IDE + Sparkfun Redbot Kit, Raspberry pi top [3] + Python

Ages: Students 12-18
Hours: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

No previous experience is required, but a basic understanding of programming will better prepare you for success in this academy.

Course Information

Get ready for a fun and impactful educational experience through project-based learning

What Students Learn

  • Programming in Arduino
  • Signal processing and electronic circuit building
  • How to troubleshoot errors and solve logical problems
  • Raspberry Pi setup & usage
  • Command line interfaces
  • Python coding
  • Physical Computing

What Students Create

  • A robot that performs autonomous tasks
  • Unique code that they understand
  • Designs for robot improvement and test courses
  • Projects that utilize the power of Python, Raspberry Pi, and the Internet
  • Basic code that they will be able to modify themselves for future projects
  • A fully functional laptop

About Robotics and Engineering Courses

Our Robotics + Engineering courses teach kids the basics of electrical engineering and programming as they design and build robots and laptops. The Robotics & Engineering Academy starts by immersing students in the fundamentals of mechanical and electrical engineering as they design, build, test, and program their robot to complete various challenges. Students will then harness the power of the internet as they create electrical gadgets that respond to internet data! Not only will students take home Arduino kits and Laptops to experiment with, but the various projects that students complete can also be used in portfolios for college applications and internships long after camp ends.  Explore more robotics and engineering courses.

The Teen Experience: Since 2002, Digital Media Academy has been encouraging and inspiring teens to become the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers, and engineers. In addition to developing teens’ interests and passions for the latest in new tech, our camps foster personal growth, confidence, and independence; preparing students for life beyond high school and college.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is any programming or electrical engineering experience required?

No. However, having a basic understanding of programming concepts will better prepare you for success.

Camp Overview + Schedule

Take a look at your camp schedule, learn more about tuition and explore add-ons.

Check-in and drop off
Hands-on STEM Instruction
Morning Break
Continued Instruction + Creation
Lunch Break
Back to the Classroom
Afternoon Break
Continued Classroom Time
Pick-up Begins
Pick-up Ends
Extended Day Begins

Tuition Includes

  Personalized Feedback + Student Achievement Report

  Diploma or Certificate of Completion

  Full Adobe Creative Cloud license for up to 12 months

  Unlimited Google Apps and Email Account

  Low staff to student ratios

  Take home select technology hardware

  Alumni Club Benefits

Friday Showcase

At the end of each week, attendees can invite their family and friends to join us for a showcase celebration to share their final projects. Learn more about the fun and exciting activities your child experienced during the week and have an opportunity to meet your child’s instructor. Presentations vary by course topic and instructors will highlight some of the important concepts covered during the week and possible next steps to continue your child’s learning. Arrive early as showcase begins at 3:00 and is typically finished by 4:00.

Camp Upgrades

Get the most out of your summer with Digital Media Academy when you add any or all of the following:

Lunch Plan

Make things easy and get lunch on campus so you don’t have to pack your own. Lunch Plans start at $95/week at select locations.

Overnight Housing

Stay in the dorms and eat on-campus, Sunday through Friday. Overnight Housing starts at $695/week where available.

Extended Day

Our flexible Extended Day option allows families to pick-up students as late as 6:00 PM from Monday to Thursday at all locations.

Weekend Stay

Add Weekend Stay and enjoy extra activities and day trips around the area. Weekend Stay starts at $380/weekend at select locations.

“I loved learning the physical aspects of robot-building!”

Chase T.

Robotics & Engineering Academy

Why Digital Media Academy?

You can count on us to deliver on all the things that truly matter. We pinky swear.

The Best Staff

Educators, artists, and talented industry professionals with a passion for STEAM education.

A Balanced Experience

Our students enjoy a balanced camp day with both in-class lessons and outdoor activities.

Project-Based Learning

Our curriculum sparks curiosity, builds confidence, while fostering teamwork and collaboration.

Safety Matters

Our staff is First-Aid + CPR certified and have completed national background checks.