Robotics Engineering Camp

June 24-28, 2018 DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 18, 2018! Don’t delay – apply today!

The Program:
This dynamic, co-ed, overnight summer camp is based on the VEX Robotics System which offers high school students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project also encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups.

When not in class, students enjoy planned activities on campus as well as free time for relaxation. Living, dining, and learning together as a team, students have ample opportunity to get to know each other well and develop lasting friendships. The emphasis is on having fun and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings while learning!

With our dynamic, engaging, talented and caring faculty; terrific facilities; and lovely surroundings, the Alfred University Robotics Engineering Camp could make this your best summer ever!

Who Can Attend? 
This program is for students entering grades 9-12 who are interested in robotics engineering systems. The number of participants is kept small to allow for individualized attention and optimal use of equipment.

Classes are taught by an Alfred University professor with experience in the VEX Robotics System. Students will experience hands-on learning in small classes, through assembling and programming the VEX Robotics System to perform various functions. Topics include:

  • Overview of a VEX Robotics System
  • Assembling the VEX Robotics System
  • Programming the VEX Robotics System using EasyC (a simplified version of the popular C language used by many engineers) for basic movements (going forward, backward, turning, picking up objects, responding to sensor inputs, etc.)
  • Learning how to perform both radio control and autonomous control of the VEX Robotics System
  • Programming the VEX Robotics System to go through a simple maze
  • Programming the VEX Robotics System for classroom competition in a football/soccer game

Campers must arrive between 2:00 and 4:00 PM. on Sunday for registration and will leave after lunch on Thursday. During the week they will attend classes during the day and have lots of fun participating in planned recreational activities on and off campus each evening.

Examples of evening activities:

  • Ice-breaker games on the first night to help everyone get acquainted
  • Movies in Nevins Theater
  • Outdoor games such as "Capture the Flag" and "Ultimate Frisbee"
  • Indoor games such as "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," ping pong, board games, basketball, etc.
  • Social gatherings with refreshments & music in the Knight Club
  • Relaxing and socializing at the Terra Cotta Coffee House
  • Farewell party on the last night

Further information, including a detailed program schedule and driving directions to campus, will be sent to all students upon acceptance. 

Camp Director:
Dr. Seong-Jin Lee, AU visiting Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is the camp director. Questions about camp academic content may be directed to him at 607-871-2130, or via email.

When campers are not in class, they are supervised by our wonderful team of 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.

Housing and Meals:
Campers stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer camps (2 per room) and 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. Males and females are housed in separate halls. Our Camp Counselors will be 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.

Tuition, Room and Board:
The program fee is $910 (includes a non-refundable $100 deposit). This covers tuition, supervision, program materials & equipment, recreational activities, room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day.

The $100 deposit must be submitted with the application which is due May 1; remaining balance is due June 1, 2018.

Commuter Rate: 
Students living locally who wish to attend this camp as commuters may do so. The commuter rate, which includes tuition, program materials & equipment, and lunch, is $810. Evening recreational activities are not included. Commuters 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.

Financial Aid:
Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available for students in this summer program.


Students who wish to apply must submit the items below by the June 1 deadline:

  • A completed online application form
  • $100 deposit (paid on online application form)
  • Copy of an up-to-date transcript or most recent report card
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers (on official school stationery)
  • A one-page essay telling us why you would like to attend this program (in your own words, with your signature at the bottom)

Send materials to: 
Office of Summer Programs, Alfred University, Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY 14802 or fax to 607-871-2045, or scan and send to us via email.

Please note: We also offer camps in Ceramic & Glass Engineering, and Computer Engineering.

Acceptance Procedure:
After the May 1 deadline, the Summer Camp Director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance/non-acceptance notification will be sent via email the middle of May. If you require an earlier decision, please indicate this by including a note with your application form. (Students who apply after June 1, will receive notification within 2 weeks after we receive their application materials.)

Along with the acceptance letter, they will receive instructions on where to find and download all required materials/documents including medical forms, liability releases, emergency notification forms, etc. These materials must be filled out as soon as possible and must be back in our hands by June 11, 2018. 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.)

Comments from Past Campers:

  • "Camp was great! The best thing was getting to know other people with the same interests." - Shawn W. from Jamestown, NY
  • "You guys are awesome! I loved building the robot and meeting such really nice people. I learned how to build and program a robot for the first time ever!" - Spiadgie A. from St. Albans, NY
  • "I really liked my robotics classes because I have always wanted to build a robot and I had so much fun." - Colton S. from Mr. Morris, NY
  • "Robotics class was amazing!" - Daniel M. from Millburn, NJ
  • "Robotics is awesome!" - Marisa L. from Wilton, NY

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 1. 50% refunds will be made for cancellations 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. For specific information concerning class content please contact Dr. Seong-Jin Lee, Camp Director, via email.

About Alfred:
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.

Program Cancellation: 
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.

AU Policy Against Discrimination:
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.

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