Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2018

This year, Paly Robotics will be offering two weeks of our annual Paly Robotics Summer Camp for incoming 6th-9th graders. We aim to spark campers’ interests in innovation and start students on a successful path in science, technology, engineering, art, and/or math (STEAM). If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Weeks OfferedWeek 1: July 23 - 27
Week 2: July 30 - August 3
Time9 AM - 3 PM
LocationThe Paly Robotics Lab (Room 903 at Palo Alto High School)
Payment InformationThe fee will be $350 per camper, per session. Financial aid will be offered.

Be sure to check out our Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2017 Recap Video to get a taste of what camp is like:

More than Robots

When most people think about robotics, they picture computer-controlled machines that are coded to complete certain tasks. While building and programming robots are a big part of what we do, our team provides many more opportunities outside of traditional technical fields. We have different subteams and groups that focus on other non-technical aspects, including art, public relations, and student leadership, to name a few. Through the different sessions offered, campers will be able to experience what makes our team more than just robotics. To learn more about the various sessions, check out the Sessions page.


Our team embraces and fosters a student-run philosophy, promoting student leadership as well as sustainability through having experienced veteran members pass down knowledge to younger students. Reflecting on this philosophy, our high school team members will be the counselors teaching campers and enriching their STEAM education. Just as we were mentored by older team members, we hope to be able to share what we have learned to the younger generation.

Sessions Offered

Week 1 (July 23 - 27)
Robot Design and Hardware
(Waitlist Closed)
(Waitlist Closed)
Entrepreneurship and Web Design
(Waitlist Open)
3D Animation and Graphic Design
(Waitlist Open)
Week 2 (July 30 - August 3)
Robot Design and Hardware
(Waitlist Closed)
(Waitlist Open)
Entrepreneurship and Web Design 3D Animation and Graphic Design
(Waitlist Open)

Robot Design and Hardware

The Robot Design and Hardware session gives campers an immersive, hands-on opportunity to design and build a robot for an FRC-style game challenge revealed at the beginning of the week. Campers will learn to ideate and iterate robot mechanisms through CAD software, power tools, and industry standard machines. They will also be motivated to innovate, solve problems, and cooperate as a team, while preparing for a competition at the end of the week.


The Programming session aims to spark students’ interests in computer science and robotics. Campers new to programming will be taught common techniques and practices using Python 3, while advanced students will learn about more complex computer science concepts. To apply their newly learned knowledge, campers will end the week by using control loops and other various concepts to develop a robot. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to come, as each class will be tailored to the needs of the campers.

Entrepreneurship and Website Design

The Entrepreneurship and Web Design session inspires campers to develop and launch their own professional startup companies. Students will learn fundamental marketing and advertising skills, as well as create plans governing finance and company growth. To showcase their business proposals, campers will also learn HTML and CSS to design their company websites, using GitHub as a resource to collaborate in a group environment.

3D Animation and Graphic Design

The 3D Animation and Graphic Design session teaches campers to create 3D models and bring them to life using industry standard software, Autodesk Maya, as well as develop graphic design skills with Adobe software. Campers will learn about typography and how to balance compositions while getting a taste of what it’s like to design for a client. At the end of the week, students will take home their very own animated short, 3D computer modelled set, poster, designs, and other creations.

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Is it required to attend both sessions?

No. We understand your that your summer time is very valuable, so it is not required to attend both sessions. You may opt for one or the other.

Is previous experience required?

Not at all. Regardless of experience level, we will introduce them to STEAM and be sure to keep them well engaged with exciting activities.

When is the camp offered and what are the different sessions?

We are offering the camp the week of July 23rd and the week of July 30th. Each week, there are four different sessions to choose from. Check out the Sessions tab for more information.

Will there be adult supervision?

Rest assured, while the camp is run primarily by student counselors, we have mentors and coaches who will be there to supervise at all times.

How is safety going to be enforced while using tools and machinery?

Our team members are well versed in safe operation of all the machines and tools in the lab, but adults will be present to keep an eye on campers as well.

What is the policy regarding lunch and snacks?

Campers will have to bring their own lunch, but we will be providing nut-free snacks to campers during breaks.

Where is the robotics lab?

More information will be sent before the camp, but you can find the location of our lab on the Resources page.

For incoming freshmen, does attending the camp affect the chance of being on the team the next year?

Team membership is evaluated on the interest and commitment a student shows in during their freshman evaluation period. We cannot promise that summer camp will have an impact in our decision.

How much is the registration fee for this summer camp this year?

This year, Paly Robotics Summer Camp will have a required fee of $350 per session for each camper. Those in need financial aid will be accommodated.

What is the recommended method of payment?

Paypal (or credit/debit card via PayPal) is our ideal method of payment, but if you would like to mail us a check, they may be written to Palo Alto High School Robotics Boosters and mailed to 50 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

What is the cancellation policy?

As we understand that plans often change over the summer, we will fully refund any registration cancellations before June 1st. Any cancellations made the day of or afterwards will incur a fee of $175 per session. However, if the situation arises in which you cancel after July 16th, we unfortunately will not be able to refund you.

Is it possible for me to receive financial aid?

Yes, you will be able to request financial aid through the registration form.

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