Program at a Glance

  • Eligible Students: 9-12 grade students (fall 2022)

    Skill Level: All skill levels welcome

    Tools: C++ and Linux

    Credit: Academy certificate

  • In-person Program

    Tuition: $2,100

    When: June 26-July 2 & July 31-August 6

    Where: UT Austin Campus

  • Virtual Program

    Tution: $799

    When: July 25 - July 29

    Where: Virtual via Zoom

    Tech Requirements: Computer, webcam + microphone, & Internet access

  • Robotics

    The AI robotics market is expected to grow from 6.9B in 2021 to 35.3B by 2026 with the average salary of a robotics/AI software engineer being $110k in 2021. Explore the world of intelligent robotics, carry out projects in simulation, and experiment with wheeled robots.

What You'll Explore

  • Topics Covered:

    • Introductory Linux usage
    • Introductory C++ programming
    • Arduino programming
    • Understanding robot sensors
    • Using motors on a robot
    • Skid steering
    • Sensor thresholding
    • Turn & Push behavior
    • PID control
  • Hands-On Experiences:

    • Assemble and program the Bot’n Roll One A robot
    • Carry out robotics projects in simulation
    • Delve into cool new technologies with professors and industry reps
    • Utilize tools deployed in robotics research
    • Experiment with the basic controls of a wheeled robot
    • Compete in a robot race against other students
    • Discover future internship and career opportunities
    • Identify tactics for a standout UT application from UT admissions
    • Explore the UT campus and meet current UT students

Meet Your Academy Staff

  • Justin Hart

    Dr. Justin Hart
    Assistant Director, Texas Robotics
    Assistant Professor of Practice, UT Computer Science,

    Dr. Justin Hart will be teaching students how to build and program robots. He is currently working on semantic mapping, autonomous human-robot interaction, and artificial intelligence representations and architectures for service robots. He received his M.S., M.Phil, and Ph.D. from Yale University, his M.Eng from Cornell University, and his B.S. from West Virginia University.

  • Tiffany Buckley
    Academy Director
    Department of Computer Science

    Tiffany Buckley has worked for the UT Computer Science for 15+ years on summer academies, admissions, enrollment, student organizations and diversity initiatives.

Where you'll be

The University of Texas at Austin

Register for our on-campus program and get a taste of university life by learning in the Gates Dell Complex—the home of UT Computer Science. You will stay in student residence halls on campus where you will be matched with another student by age as your roommate. You can look forward to trying out real college residence hall food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which is included. Our mentors help you get accustomed to learning on a college campus by staying in the same residence halls and accompanying you throughout your stay. Our academies boast an impressive 1:10 student to mentor ratio to make sure students are getting the most out of their time on campus.


  • Academy scholarships are available on a limited basis. Registrants with financial need can apply for a scholarship by completing the scholarship application.

  • Scholarship recipients will be notified of their scholarship award by June 1.

Space is limited. Register today to reserve your spot!

If you have any questions, please direct them to academies@cs.utexas.edu.