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Summer Robotics Programme

Summer Robotics Programme

The Summer Robotics Programme introduces students to the ever-expanding field of Robotics, exploring the science and engineering behind the development of modern robots.

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Course Summary

Recent advances in technology have resulted in the development of extremely powerful robots that can perform a wide range of tasks, from packing goods to exploring distant planets. But what exactly is a robot, and how do they work?

The Summer Robotics Programme is a course that introduces students to the field of Robotics, providing an insight into the science and engineering behind modern Robotics and an overview of the entire Robotics design and development process.

Students seeking a longer technology / coding summer school might like to combine this course with our Computer Science programme.

Is this course for me?

If you would like to build, programme and control your own robot, this is the course for you. Students on the Summer Robotics Programme will gain a valuable insight into a career in Robotics, and be able to decide whether this is a career path they would like to pursue.

What to expect from Summer Robotics for 16-18 years

The course takes a hands-on approach to introduce the basic concepts of the construction and programming of autonomous, mobile robots, which become increasingly complex as the course progresses. There are several challenges in class to test the abilities of the robots being studied, with a final contest to end the course.

At the end of the course, students study how to programme data onto an SD card to be read by their robot. We conclude the course with a challenging test of the abilities of the robots produced by the students.

Course Outcomes

During the course, students will cover the following topics:



Week 1 Week 2
Monday Lesson 1: Welcome to Robotics, introductions and ambitions Lesson 14: Detecting temperature and humidity
Lesson 2: Setting up the environment, IDE, importing libraries Lesson 15: Digital temperature sensing
Lesson 3: Building the robotic car Lesson 16: Detecting and using Infra Red
Tuesday Lesson 4: Electrical Engineering basics Lesson 17: Buzzers and sounds
Lesson 5: The Ardunio IDE Lesson 18: Using the laser
Wednesday Lesson 6: Intro to Aruino Programming Lesson 19: Presentations
Lesson 7: Controlling moving vehicles Lesson 20: Presentations
Lesson 8: Remote control, Bluetooth and IR Lesson 21: 3D maze prototyping
Thursday Lesson 9: Obstacle avoidance Lesson 22: Reacting to light
Lesson 10: Line tracking Lesson 23: Detecting sounds and voices
Lesson 24: Detecting magnetic fields
Lesson 25: Fire alarms and other sensors
Friday Lesson 11: Detecting acceleration Lesson 26: 3D maze challenge
Lesson 12: Calculating velocity
Lesson 13: Challenge


How will the Summer Robotics Programme help me?

This two-week program introduces students to Arduino robot kits and Arduino programming, including C++, of which no previous knowledge is required. We start with an introduction to key engineering concepts, followed by an introduction to the Arduino environment. Students then progress to study how robots navigate through their environment, exploring an assortment of sensors and factors including motion, distance, acceleration, sound, and light sensors. They also learn how robots detect obstacles and avoid them, how they use control motors to achieve different types of motion, and how they can be programmed to follow certain patterns and avoid others.


St Edmund’s College

  • Location Cambridge
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single & twin
  • Bathroom Type Shared (single gender)
  • Year Built Founded in 1896

Balliol College

  • Location Oxford
  • Ages Ages: 16-18
  • Bedroom Type Single
  • Bathroom Type Single
  • Year Built Founded in 1263

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