Drone/Robotics High School Institute


Cost of Camp: $930 Residential; $775 Commuters

This is a combination of both Drones and Robotics, touching on both topics and experiments/hands-on work with both drones and robotics.

For students entering grades 9-12 and students who have just graduated High School in 2020.

We will be using CampDoc for our online registration system. We are again partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic health record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper health information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

The Program:
Drone camp is comprehensive, hands-on training that gives the students all the vital skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally. In addition to teaching safety best practices and piloting skills, the class covers the types of flight systems available and their capabilities, as well as reviews drone photography and videography skills. Topics covered include flying multi-rotor, diverse flight systems, maintenance, registration & certification requirements, safety, industry applications, featured systems, emerging technologies, and the latest FAA policies.


  • Introduction: Aerodynamic and Drone
  • Principle of the aircraft
  • Drone operation & structure
  • FAA Regulation
  • Drone flight technique on simulation software (Real flight 8)
  • Drone photography and videography skills
  • Drone flight training with DJI Mavic at indoor & outdoor

Tuition, Room and Board
The cost is $930 (commuters: $775). This covers tuition, supervision, materials, room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day, and recreational activities. The $100 deposit must be submitted with the application (deadline May 1). Remaining balance is due by June 1. 

Camp Director
Seong-Jin Lee, Assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering

How to Apply
The application deadline is May 1. Registration opens February 1, 2020.

Students who wish to apply must submit the online application form (We support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari on a rolling basis.) along with the following:

  • $100 deposit (paid on online application form)
  • Provide a one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend this program (in your own words; sign essay)

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Cancellation Policy
Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for student cancellations received by June 1. A 50% refund will be made for those received from June 2-10. No refunds are given for cancellations received after June 10.

For further general information contact the Office of Summer Programs via email or by calling us at 607-871-2612.

After the May 1 deadline, the Summer Camp Director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be made by email and letter the middle of May. If you require an earlier decision, please indicate this by noting this with your application materials. (Students who apply after the deadline will receive notification within 1 week after we receive their application materials.)

Once campers are accepted they will be reminded by email from CampDocs to complete the required documents (parental permissions to attend as well as health records) for camp. These are required by June 1. Updated immunization information (including dates) is also required at that time. (If you do not have updated immunization information on hand, you may want to acquire this from your physician now to avoid processing delays.)

When not in class, campers are supervised by our wonderful Camp Counselors, who are specially trained to serve as positive role models, mentors and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer participants are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations.

Campers stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer camps (2 per room). Males and females are housed in separate halls. Campers must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens for the week (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge. Our Camp Counselors are on-site in the residence halls at all times.

Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating campers with food allergies and other special requirements.

Campers living locally who wish to attend as commuters may do so. The commuter rate, which covers tuition, supervision, program materials & equipment and lunch, is $775. Breakfast, dinner, or evening recreational activities are not included in this price. If your camper would like to join the group for these meals and activities there is an additional fee. Those who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and arrive on campus by 8:45 AM for classes Monday-Thursday. They must be picked up no later than 5:00 PM each day, except Thursday, when pick-up time is 1:00 PM. Please be sure to check the "Commuter" box on the application form.)

Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available for this summer program.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

The campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is located just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 miles north). Transportation to and from that airport can be provided for an additional charge if we receive your request by the date indicated in your acceptance notification. After that date students must make their own arrangements with an airport limo service.

The University may cancel any course or activity at any time because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees, but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.