Paly Robotics Summer Camp 2021



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Paly Robotics Summer Camp will be online for Summer 2021. We have updated our curriculum to provide an exciting experience for our campers and have also reduced pricing to reflect the online format.

For more information, please check out the FAQ page. Feel free to email summercamp@palyrobotics.com if you have any additional questions.

Weeks OfferedWeek 1: July 26 - July 30
Week 2: August 2 - August 6
Time10 AM - 3 PM
LocationRemote instruction via Zoom
AgeIncoming 6th to 9th graders
Cost$325 per camper, per session (please email us if you are in need of financial aid)





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.



Counselors

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 26 - July 30)
Robot Design and Hardware
(Registration Open)
Programming
(Registration Open)
Entrepreneurship and Web Design
(Registration Open)
Animation and Graphic Design
(Registration Open)
Week 2 (August 2 - August 6)
Robot Design and Hardware
(Registration Open)
Programming
(Registration Open)
Entrepreneurship and Web Design
(Registration Open)
Animation and Graphic Design
(Registration Open)



Robot Design and Hardware

In the Robot Design and Hardware session, campers will be given an engaging experience learning the fundamentals of build and design through lessons and at home hands-on activities. Campers will also be working in groups to come up with solutions to game challenges that we present to them that are similar to the ones we have in FIRST Robotics Competitions. Members of Paly Robotics will be working with campers throughout the process to help them problem-solve, cooperate as a team, and prepare to share their designs.






Programming

The Programming session seeks to ignite an interest in computer science through its applications in robotics. Campers will dive deep into the various aspects of software development and will develop the technical know-how to program in the Python programming language, with a focus being placed on its applications in robotics. All levels of experience are encouraged to come, with a unique curriculum for both new programmers and advanced ones.






Entrepreneurship and Website Design

The Entrepreneurship and Web Design session gives campers an overview of business-related dealings with curriculum that covers how to develop and launch their own professional startup companies. Campers will learn fundamental skills such as marketing and advertising, as well as create plans regarding finance and company growth. To showcase their business proposals at the end of the week, campers will also learn HTML, CSS, and Git to design their company websites.






Animation and Graphic Design

The Animation and Graphic Design session gives campers an overview of animation while cultivating a design-based skill set. Campers will learn the basics of animation, as well as art and design principles such as typography and composition through the lens of graphic design. At the end of the week, campers will have created an animated short, movie poster, and merchandise design, among other projects.



Our email: summercamp@palyrobotics.com

What age group is served by the camp?

The camp is for students entering 6th - 9th grade in Fall of 2021. Campers will be working with counselors and other students via small group discussions and break-out sessions so it is important they are able to stay focused the entire time and engage with their groups.

Who are the instructors?

Our instructors are members of the Paly Robotics team. They are experienced in the specific session subject matter and are eager to share their knowledge and passion for the subject with your camper.

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.

Is it required to attend both weeks?

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

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

The registration fee is $325 per camper, per session. Please register first and then email us at summercamp@palyrobotics.com if you are in need of financial aid.

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

We are offering the camp the week of July 26th and the week of Aug 2nd. Each week, there are four different sessions to choose from. Check out the Sessions tab for more information.

How will camp be done online?

This year's camp will be held via Zoom. Each day of camp, campers join a Zoom call hosted by their counselors. The counselors will be actively engaging campers throughout the day. Counselors will offer live instruction time, peer collaboration time and self-paced project development time. 
Because of the challenges of online learning, we would appreciate the cooperation of campers to keep the camp environment for all campers by staying on the Zoom call and on task throughout the day, as this will be vital to the success of the camp for all. 
We encourage supervising your child during camp hours if they are likely to go off-task to ensure that they are getting the best experience possible, and to allow other campers to do so as well.

What if we have technical problems?

We will provide instructions on how to use Zoom and counselors will monitor summercamp@palyrobotics.com closely to help resolve technical difficulties if they arise. Most work will be done via Zoom, so each camper will need a free Zoom account to participate in camp.

What is the cancellation policy?

As we understand that plans often change over the summer, we will refund any registration cancellations before June 1st. There is a processing fee of $12.05 per 1 week of camp payment. Any cancellations made the day of or afterwards will incur a fee of $200 per session. However, if the situation arises in which you cancel after July 5th, we unfortunately will not be able to refund you.

Do you provide financial aid?

Yes, we will provide financial aid if needed. Please register first, and then email us at summercamp@palyrobotics.com.

What methods of payment are accepted?

We accept payment through PayPal or credit/debit card via PayPal. If you are unable to pay using either of these options, please contact us at summercamp@palyrobotics.com.

When do I need to pay by?

Please pay as soon as you register using the PayPal button on the confirmation page. All camp registrations that do not have payment accounted for within two weeks of signing up will be cancelled following a three day email notice.

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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We will be shipping camp t-shirts to this address. You may choose not to provide an address, however we won’t be able to send a t-shirt home then. Please email us after registering if you have further questions.

Descriptions of each session offered can be found on the Sessions page. Please do not register for more than one session a week. Sessions that are offered multiple times will cover the same material.

There is no need to pay for upfront to be put on the waitlist for a session. Payment will be handled via email coordination when a spot opens up.

Please confirm that you will pay the fee ($325 per session per camper) via the PayPal button on the next page. If you signed up for a waitlisting session, then you do not need to pay the fee for that session until receiving a spot.

If you are unable to pay through PayPal or with a credit/debit card via PayPal, please finish registering and contact us via email. If you need financial aid, please also finish registering and contact us by email.

Thank you for signing up. Please pay the camp fee via the PayPal button below. Simply donate the owed amount, which is $325 for one session and $650 for two sessions. You can pay directly through PayPal or with a credit/debit card via PayPal.

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

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

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If you have any questions, feel free to check out the FAQ page or contact us at summercamp@palyrobotics.com.

Thank you for your interest in the camp. An automated confirmation email should be sent shortly. Please contact us if you never get this email.

If you have any questions, feel free to check out the FAQ page or contact us at summercamp@palyrobotics.com.