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 17, 2017 to Friday, July 21, 2017
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

UGA Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
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 - $370

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

Overnight Camp - $840


Robotics Kit Purchase (optional through us) - Aprox. $320
Robotics Kit Rental (optional) - Aprox. $160

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.


Chi Thai is a retired Associate Professor of the College of Engineering at the University of Georgia where he taught and performed 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).This is Dr. Thai’s sixth year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

In this camp, we will use the new Robotis© Dream Kits, (Sets A & B) 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 $320, and will receive Sets A & B. 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 $160, and you will have access to the same two DREAM kits - Sets A and B. 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 two Robotis© Dream Kits, (Sets A & B) through the Robotis© web site.

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