Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2017

This year, Paly Robotics will be offering two different weeks of our annual summer camp for incoming middle school students (incoming 6th - 9th). We hope to spark interest and start future high school students on a path in science, technology, engineering, art or math (STEAM). If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Weeks OfferedWeek 1: July 24 - 28
Week 2: July 31 - August 4
Time9 AM - 3 PM
LocationThe Paly Robotics Lab (Room 903 at Palo Alto High School)
Encouraged Donation$350 per week (Used to pay for materials and space)

More than Robotics

When most people think about robotics, they picture machines that are controlled by computers to complete certain tasks. While building and programming robots is a big part of what we do, our team is much more than that below the surface. We have different sections of the team that focus on things such as 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 sessions offered, check out the Sessions page.


Student mentoring is a big part of our team’s philosophy, and we rely on passing down knowledge from the older students to the younger students. Reflecting this philosophy, our high school team members will be teaching campers about STEAM through the different aspects of the robotics team. Just as we were taught by older team members, we hope to be able to teach what we have learned to the younger generation.

Sessions Offered

Week 1 (July 24 - 28)
Robot Design and Hardware
(Waitlist Closed)
(Waitlist Open)
Entrepreneurship and Web Design
(Waitlist Open)
Animation and Graphic Design
(Waitlist Open)
Week 2 (July 31 - August 4)
Robot Design and Hardware
(Waitlist Closed)
(Waitlist Open)
Entrepreneurship and Web Design
(Waitlist Open)
Animation and Graphic Design
(Waitlist Open)

We are currently waitlisting campers for sessions that are full. If you would like to waitlist your child for a session, please select that session during registration.

Robot Design and Hardware

In the Robot Design and Hardware camp, campers will experience the build season of a FRC robot, where teams create a robot to compete in a timed game filled with challenges. During the camp, campers will experience the usage of power tools, specialized machines, and CAD software to design and manufacture their robot, culminating in a FRC-style mini-game at the end of the week. However, most importantly, they will have the experience of innovation, problem solving, and working as a team, the more important things to succeed in the 21st century.


The programming camp will further campers' computer science skills through projects and activities using Python 3, incorporating control flow and other computer science principles. Campers will leave the camp with an expanded knowledge of computer science and increased programming proficiency. In addition, they will gain experience with the industry standard for version control, git, as they collaborate on projects with other campers. All skill levels will be accommodated.

Entrepreneurship and Website Design

In the Entrepreneurship and Web Design session, campers will develop their own potential startup companies, and the marketing and advertising skills necessary to get their companies off the ground. Using languages such as HTML and CSS, students will create a website showcasing their proposals while gaining valuable coding and website management skills, as well as GitHub to keep track of changes in a group environment.

Animation and Graphic Design

Using industry standard software such as Autodesk Maya, learn how to make 3D models and then bring them to life using animation. Explore the basics of graphic design with Adobe Illustrator, and practice your design skills. 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 be able to take home their very own animated short, a 3D computer modelled set of their own design, a poster, their very own personally designed pins, and whatever else they may have created.

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Is previous experience required?

Not at all. We hope to introduce all campers to STEAM regardless of what they already know. If they have previous experience, that is totally fine, and we will be sure to keep them engaged with interesting activities.

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

We are offering the camp two different weeks. Each week, there are four different sessions to choose from. Check out the Sessions tab for more information.

What if a session is full?

We are currently waitlisting people for sessions that are full. If the waitlist is still open for a session, please select that session during registration to be added to its waitlist. If the waitlist is closed for a session, we cannot add any more students.

Where do the donations for the camp go and what are they used for?

The requested donations ($350 per week per child) are handled by the Palo Alto High School Robotics Boosters, which is the non-profit entity that supports the team. The boosters fund every aspect of the team, from covering summer camp costs to paying for the robot components and competition expenses. Your contribution is highly appreciated.

Since it is a donation to a non-profit, can I receive a tax deduction?

Yes, absolutely! The Paly Robotics Boosters will send a donation receipt, and our EIN (Employer Identification Number) is 611682088.

Can I donate by mailing in a check?

While PayPal is the best method for donating, we also accept donations via check. Please make the check payable to Palo Alto High School Robotics Boosters Club and add Summer Camp to the memo. Either bring it to the first day of camp or mail it to:
Palo Alto High School Robotics Boosters Club
50 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Will there be adult supervision?

Although 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?

We cannot promise anything, but membership will be decided in the Fall based on interest and commitment to the team.

Please fill out the form below to register. You can send the recommended donation ($350 per week) via the PayPal button.