Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2019

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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 22 - 26
Week 2: July 29 - August 2
Time9 AM - 3 PM
LocationThe Paly Robotics Lab (Room 903 at Palo Alto High School)
Payment InformationThe fee is $350 per camper, per session. Financial aid will be offered with no questions asked.

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 (FULL)
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Programming (FULL)
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Entrepreneurship and Web Design (FULL)
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3D Animation and Graphic Design (FULL)
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Week 2 (July 29 - August 3)
Robot Design and Hardware (FULL)
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Programming (FULL)
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Entrepreneurship and Web Design (FULL)
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3D Animation and Graphic Design (FULL)
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Robot Design and Hardware

The Robot Design and Hardware session gives campers an immersive and hands-on experience designing and building a competitive robot. Robots will be created to compete in a FIRST Robotics Competition style game challenge revealed at the beginning of the week. In order to ideate and iterate their robots’ mechanisms, campers will learn to use power tools and industry standard machines. Members of Paly Robotics will be working with campers in regards to helping them problem solve, cooperate as a team, and prepare for an exciting tournament at the end of the week.


The Programming session aims to spark students’ interests in computer science and its function within robotics. Campers new to programming will be taught common techniques and practices using Python 3, while advanced students will delve into more complex computer science concepts, such as computer vision. To apply their newly gained knowledge, regardless of previous experience, campers will end the week by using control loops and various other concepts to develop robot mechanisms and code for robots. This session is open to students of all skill levels, as each class will be tailored to the needs of the campers.

Entrepreneurship and Website Design

The Entrepreneurship and Web Design session inspires entrepreneurial spirit in students, and guides them through the process of developing and launching their own mock start-up companies. Campers will learn fundamental marketing and advertising skills, as well as create a comprehensive business plan governing finance and company growth. Throughout the process, students will also learn to work collaboratively and think creatively to overcome any problems presented. To showcase their projects, campers will also learn HTML and CSS to design their company websites, using GitHub as a resource to collaborate in a group environment. At the end of the week, students will present their company and product in a showcase for parents and a counselor judge.

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 and Autodesk Maya, as well as develop an understanding for graphic design, and how to use 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, and designs, among other creations.

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Is previous experience required?

Not at all. Our camp will have activities for campers to participate in regardless of previous experience. We just ask that you come with an open mind and are ready to learn.

How will safety be ensured while working with machines and tools?

Our team has well-established safety regulations as well as certified adults who will be present throughout the camp to ensure that proper safety protocols are being met.

What is the lunch and snack policy?

Campers will have to bring their own lunches, but nut-free snacks will be provided during the first break of the day.

Where is the robotics lab?

More information will be sent before the camp, but you can find a map of the location here.

Is it required to attend both weeks?

It is not required to attend both weeks. The curriculum in each session is repeated each week.

This year, Paly Robotics Summer Camp will have a required fee of $390 per session for each camper. Those that sign up in January will receive an early bird discount, making the fee $350. Those in need financial aid will be accommodated.

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 29th. Each week, there are four different sessions to choose from. Check out the Sessions tab for more information.

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.

Do you provide financial aid?

Yes, we provide financial aid with no questions asked. If you would like to apply, please send an email to

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.

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.

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Thank you for signing up. Please pay the camp fee via the PayPal button below (may need to scroll) to reflect the payment option you chose in the Registration. If you would prefer to write a check, they should be written to Palo Alto High School Robotics Boosters and should be mailed to 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto CA 94301.

All camp registrations that do not have payment accounted for within two weeks of signing up will be cancelled with a three day email notice beforehand.

However, please do not pay for waitlisting sessions upfront. Payment will be handled via email coordination when a spot opens up.

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