Introductory Robotics


Using the new Robotis© Dream Kit, you'll learn about the programming of microcontrollers and interfacing of sensors (sound, near-infrared light and touch), the actuation of servo motors and LEDs, and also about multi-channel NIR remote control programming. Through a series of projects, you'll also be introduced to selected robotics design concepts such as mechanical components (plates, brackets, linkages, fasteners, cables and pulleys), mechanical gear-reduction system for electric motors, and conversion of rotational circular motion to a "walking," "hopping," or "crawling" motion using 4-bar linkages. For this camp, students can either purchase the robotics kit (through us or on their own), or rent a kit to share with another student during the program.

Ages: 11-14

Course Number:
Course Date:
Monday, July 18, 2016 to Friday, July 22, 2016
Course Date Info:

Day and Overnight Options Available
Extended Day (Pool) available until 5:30pm
Overnight students check-in on Sunday night at residence hall

Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States
Location Info:

Overnight students will check in at the residence hall on Sunday evening and check out on Saturday morning. Day students will check in on Monday morning between 8-8:30am. Classrooms are located around campus, and students may travel by foot, bus or university vehicle to get to classrooms or other camp activities. More details will be available in your confirmation email and in the welcome email sent out three weeks before camp begins.


Day Camp - $360

  • Optional Extended Day at Legion Pool until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $810


Robotics Kit Purchase (optional through us) - Aprox. $350
Robotics Kit Rental (optional) - Aprox. $150

We will begin camp by reviewing the fundamentals of robotic programming, so this course is appropriate for both beginners and students with some previous robotics experience. Students must have access to a Robotis© Dream Kit for this camp. See the section below titled “What you need for camp” for further details.

Financial Assistance:
Students who need financial assistance are encouraged to request it as early as possible, and before registering for camp. Forms will be available for download from this page as soon as registration opens. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is April 20, 2016. Notification of financial assistance will be emailed out the first week of May, but could be sent as late as three weeks before your camp begins if funds are still available. Awards range from 50-65% of the total cost of the camp, so students should be prepared to pay 35%-50% of the cost upon notification of financial assistance. Payment plans can be arranged, but all payments must be received no later than two weeks before camp begins. If you have any questions about the process, please call us at 706-542-3537 or email us at


Chi Thai is an Associate Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Georgia where he teaches and performs research on Multispectral Machine Vision and Robotics. He earned his Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of California at Davis, and his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Northrop University. He currently serves as the Robotics Instructor for the UGA-Duke TIP programs, the co-coordinator of the JETS-TEAMS Competition at UGA (Junior Engineering Technical Society) and the Coordinator for the GA-First Lego League State Level Competition at UGA. This is Dr. Thai’s fifth year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

In this camp, we will use the new Robotis© Dream Kit, Levels 1, 2 & 3, and an NIR remote controller, to build and program our robots. You have several options on how to obtain these items:

If you purchase the kit through us:
You will pay around $350, and will receive Levels 1, 2, & 3, along with a bonus Level 4 kit with an NIR remote controller. The Level 4 kit will allow you to build an additional 12 robots at home. This kit can only be purchased through us, as part of a special deal negotiated with Robotis®. If you purchase the kit through us, you will receive it on the first day of camp, and you can take it home with you at the end of the week.

If you rent the kit through us:
You will pay a rental fee of around $150, and you will have access to a kit with Levels 1, 2 & 3 and an NIR remote controller. You will share the rental kit with one other student in the camp, and it cannot be taken home with you at the end of the week.

If you buy the kit on your own:
You will need to purchase the three Robotis DREAM Kits (Levels 1, 2 & 3) and an NIR remote controller + NIR receiver (which do not come with the kits). The three kits generally cost around $330 total, plus an additional $45 for the controller and receiver. This is more expensive than purchasing the kit through us, but we leave the option available for students who already own part of the kit, or may be able to borrow it from another source. Note: If you have one of the older Robotis OLLO Inventor or BugBot kits, you may already own a remote controller that will work with the new DREAM kits.

A more detailed list of supplies needed for your camp program will be emailed to you three weeks before camp begins.