• Where Robotics Ignites Creativity

    Step into a dynamic world of robotics, where you'll not only assemble and program cutting-edge robots but also engage in immersive simulations and real-world projects. Collaborate with professors and industry experts to explore the latest technologies, while gaining hands-on experience with the tools used in cutting-edge robotics research. Experiment with controlling wheeled robots, honing your skills for practical applications. Cap off your experience by competing in thrilling robot races against fellow students. This multifaceted approach ensures that, within just one week, you'll not only grasp theoretical concepts but also develop essential practical skills for a robust introduction to the field of robotics.

  • Academy Tuition: $2,100

    Location: UT Austin Campus

    2024 Dates: June 16 - June 21 or June 23 - June 28

    Eligibility: Students entering 9th-12th grade (Fall 2024)

    Academy Type: Residential, overnight

    Prerequisites: All skill levels welcome

    Tools: C++ and Linux

    Credit: Academy certificate

  • Co-hosted by

  • The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science
    Texas Robotics

Summer 2024 Enrollment Now Open!

Secure Your Spot Today! Enroll in our specialized summer academies and dive into a world of knowledge and skill development. Limited seats available, so act fast to guarantee your place!

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  • Two students working hands-on to build their robot in the robotics lab on UT Campus
  • Students working together on building a robot in the robotics lab on UT Campus.

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

Academy Experience

Where You'll Learn

This academy takes place on campus at the University of Texas at Austin. Students get a taste of university life by learning in the Gates Dell Complex – the home of UT Computer Science.

Where You'll Stay & Eat

You will stay in student residence halls on campus where you’ll be matched with another student by age as your roommate. You can look forward to trying out college residence hall food at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which is included.

How You'll Be Supported

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 10:1 student to mentor ratio to make sure students are getting the most out of their time on campus.

What Our Students Say

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"The personalized guidance and mentorship from esteemed faculty members and professionals not only enhanced my technical skills but also instilled in me a deep sense of confidence and determination in my journey towards a successful career in robotics."


Frisco, TX, Grade 10

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"This camp gave me a great taste of college life. In addition, the skills I learned have made their way onto my school’s robot. "


San Antonio, TX, Grade 12

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"The sense of community among the students, the comfortable accommodations, and the accessibility to campus resources really exceeded my expectations. It's been a fantastic opportunity to not only focus on robotics but also to grow independently in this supportive environment."


Frisco, TX, Grade 11

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.

  • Haley Wegner
    Academy Director
    Department of Computer Science

    Haley is responsible for planning and executing the tuition-based summer academies, which introduce high school students to the exciting world of programming, robotics, iOS app development, and more. She has an extensive history working in higher education and youth programs.


  • Academy scholarships are available on a limited basis. Enrollees with financial need can apply for a scholarship by completing the scholarship application by May 1st.

Enrollment for Summer 2024 opens this February

Secure your spot today for a transformative journey in our summer academies—enroll now and seize the opportunity for knowledge and skill development while seats last!

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