Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know if this program is right for my child?

A: Two robotics camps are offered in each summer. The Camp7up is desined  for students entering grades 7 through 9. Exceptional can be made to students entering grade 6, if the student is in a robotics club, is involved in similar activities, or is recommded by a teacher. The 9Up camp is designed for high school students (grades 9 through 12). However if a younger student has attended the 7Up camp, the student can be enrolled in 9Up camp. In the 7Up camp, students will learn to construct LEGO NXT Mindstorm robot, write program to control the robot to compete different missions. The camp will inspire and prepare the students for joining FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Challenges. 3D movie and game design will also be taught in 7Up camp. In 9Up camp, participating students will learn more advanced programming and will be assigned more challenging missions to complete. It includes Micirosft Robotics Studio, Visual Program Langauge Language VPL, Web, service-oriented computing, and device programming.

Q: Will my child earn college credit?

A: School of Computing and Informatics pre-college summer camps are not offered for college credit. However, the programming experience is related to college programming classes.

Q: Are Robotics Camps an educational as well as an entertaining experience?

A: The program provides a rich learning environment for students. Fundamental concepts in science, engineering, computing and robotics are explored, with a focus on the practical nature of each subject. Courses concentrate on real world application of the subject. Students learn teamwork and responsibility through participation in group projects presented to industry professionals, friends and family.

Q: What are the unique features of ASU Robotics Camps?

A: Many colleges and schools offer robotics camps and students learn computer programming through interaction with robots and robotic games. ASU robotics camps are similar because the program also teaches computer programming, game programming and robotic software development. However, the program is developed from a pilot program sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, which offers additional benefits as it covers the latest software development technology, such as service-oriented computing, which exposes students to this modern software technology early in their learning career. Service-oriented computing facilitates rapid software development and encourages software reuse. The new software development approach has been adopted by all major computer and software companies including IBM, Microsoft, SAP and Sun Microsystems, and government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Defense and the State of Arizona. Learning service-oriented computing will give students a head start in their science and engineering career.

Q: How difficult are the service-oriented computing and software-oriented software development?

A: Service-oriented computing and software-oriented software development are easier than traditional programming, because the new software development approach is based on predeveloped software services called components. Instead of using a high-level programming language for software development programming, students in the robotics camps will learn to develop software using drag-and-drop methods based on predeveloped components.

Q: Is there a family event associated with the camp?

A: The robotics camps will have an open Robotics Competition on the last day of class. The students will complete for fun and prizes. Family and friends encouraged to attend to support their teams.

Q: Can students continue to practice the skills learned in the camp?

A: The software used in the camp is free and can be downloaded and installed on a personal computer, so a student can easily continue to exercise their skills learned in the camp and use materials from the camp. A 3-D animated virtual robot is available for downloading if a student does not own a physical robot. However, a physical robot, the Lego Mindstorm NXT robot, can be purchased in most electronics stores or directly from the Lego Education website.

Q: Do students have to attend for the entire duration of camp?

A: Students are expected to attend the camp for which they register in its entirety. Group projects require involvement from all team members of the camps. If your child needs to miss more than two days of the program due to family, school or other obligations, they should not apply. The subject matter of each camp is condensed into a short period of time, therefore missing even a few days can be detrimental to a student's understanding of the material and their ability to participate.

Q: What level of supervision is provided?

A: An ASU faculty member is responsible for the contents of the program and teaching the principles and concepts in science, engineering, computing and robotics. A graduate teaching assistant will supervise students' laboratory and hands-on work during class (lunch-break excluded). Students are accompanied on off-campus trips during course hours. It is mandatory for parents of students under 18 to sign and submit the Field Trip Permission Form before any child is permitted to leave campus with our faculty. This form will be included in the packet of materials sent after registration.

Q: What happens if there is an illness or emergency?

A: In the event that a student becomes ill during the camp or does not arrive within one hour of the course start time on any given day, we will call the emergency contact number. Parents will be asked to provide this emergency contact number at registration.

Q: Are there any additional costs?

A: The camp fees do not include the cost of lunch. However, a lunch area is available for self-prepared lunches. There are many restaurants in the immediate area and places to eat lunch on the premises.

Q: How do I apply for the financial aid?

There are two types of financial ads available. (1) ASU VPEP has an educational partnership program with a list of school districts and schools to sponsor their students to ASU summer programs. Please check the PDF file . If your school is on the list, please call the number at the end of the page for application process. (2) For those who are not in the listed schools, you can enter your application in the enrollment page and provide a letter from your school showing that you are on the free lunch program of the school. The number of need-based scholarships are limited. No guarantee that all applications will be granted.

Q: Whom may I call with additional questions?

A: For content-specific information, please contact Dr. Yinong Chen, Robotics Camps Coordinator at 480.965.2769.

Accomodations: Special Needs

If your child has a disability and has a need for an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please notify Kimberly Colburn at The School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering at Kimberly.colburn@asu.edu or (480) 965-3199 to discuss your child’s needs. Receiving requests for accommodation at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of the program provides a reasonable amount of time to review, consider and meet the request if possible. ASU complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other applicable Federal, State, and local laws.