Introductory Robotics

Using the new Robotis© Dream 2 School Set Kit, you'll learn about micro-controller programming, interfacing of sensors and actuators attached to the robot, and remote-control algorithms. Furthermore, you'll learn how to make the robot interact with selected services from a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) such as text and graphics display, touch areas, video camera, text-to-speech and speech recognition. 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. For more curriculum details, please visit the CNT Robotics web site.

Ages: 11-14

Course Number:


Course Date:
Monday, June 4, 2018 to Friday, June 8, 2018
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 until 5:30pm - $35

Overnight Camp - $840

Robotics Kit Purchase (optional through us) - $250
Robotics Kit Rental (optional) - $125

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 2 School Set 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 co-coordinator of the JETS-TEAMS Competition at UGA (Junior Engineering Technical Society).This is Dr. Thai’s seventh year as a Summer Academy instructor.

What you need for camp/program: 

In this camp, we will use the new Robotis© Dream 2 School Set Kit and a BlueTooth receiver (BT-410) to build, program and operate our robots. You have several options on how to obtain these items:

If you purchase the kit through us:
You will pay $250.00 and will receive the Dream 2 School Set kit and BT-410 receiver. 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 $125.00 and you will have access to the same DREAM 2 set. 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 Robotis© Dream 2 School Set Kit and BT-410 receiver through the Robotis© web site.

You will also need to bring your own mobile device: smartphone or tablet using iOS or Android OS (preferred). You will be advised about installing the appropriate free Apps after your enrollment.

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