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Summer Robotics Programme Ages 16-18

Cambridge Summer School 2020

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

2 weeks | Available July - August 2020Also available in Oxford

  • Live, dine and study in colleges of the University of Cambridge
  • Expert tutoring from ORA's faculty
  • Learn how to use Arduino robot development kits
  • Talks and debates with world-class guest speakers
  • A truly international environment - over 150 nationalities in 2019
  • Inspirational cultural programme
We also offer an Introduction to Robotics programme for students aged 13-15.

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 which 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.

Where could the Summer Robotics Programme course lead you?

Why choose the Summer Robotics Programme 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 will become increasingly complex as the course progresses. There will be 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 will 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.

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 will 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.

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.

Topics covered

During the course, students will cover the following topics:

  • An overview of Robotics.
  • Arduino and its importance in the Maker Revolution.
  • How to set up the environment
  • The key concepts of engineering and prototyping
  • Working with infra-red motion sensors and object detection
  • Dictating how the robot moves, through sensing acceleration and detecting distance
  • How to use motors to manage precise movements, difficult manoeuvres and obstacle detection.

The course will culminate in a 3D maze challenge, where students will test their robots mettle against the maze!

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

What will you get out of the Summer Robotics Programme course?

By the end of this course, students will have:

  • gained a head-start in this cutting-edge field by introducing them to key Robotics development concepts and processes;
  • decided strategies for problem-solving, project-planning and communicating ideas;
  • begun to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively;
  • acquired understanding of the key science and engineering concepts behind modern robotics;
  • learned how to use the Arduino Robotics kits and programming;
  • gained an understanding of the full life-cycle of Robotics, from concept/design stages through to quality control.

Welcome to the City of Cambridge - your home this summer

students walking through a small street in front of the King's College, Cambridge

Cambridge has been recognised for centuries as one of the most beautiful academic locations in the UK. With its soaring gothic buttresses, green lawns, gently meandering river, and quiet little coffee shops, Cambridge has a lot to offer in terms of quality of student experience.

Students will live, dine and study in a college of the University of Cambridge, providing them with the ideal opportunity to discover what life in a top UK university is really like. Students can immerse themselves in the teaching of knowledgeable academics, many of whom have studied at top UK institutions such as Cambridge and Oxford. They will have plenty of opportunity to explore the city in their free time, and take part in educational excursions in and around Cambridge.

Students residential in Cambridge will experience life in a top UK university city, while fulfilling their educational ambitions and enjoying the summer experience of their lives. Learn more about all that our Cambridge Summer School has to offer.

A Cambridge college dining hall
Punts lined up on the River Cam in Cambridge
Students smiling at the camera in front of the King's College, Cambridge?

Useful information for students & parents


Students will be accommodated in comfortable single or twin rooms depending on their allocated college - please contact our admissions team if you would like more information. Twin rooms are strictly between students of the same gender, and males/females are separated by corridor and/or staircase. Accommodation is the standard accommodation for university undergraduates who study at the university, so students are able to get a flavour for what being an undergraduate at the university might be like. Bathrooms are typically shared between students of the same gender, though in some cases en-suite facilities are available.

Pastoral care & student welfare

The programme is overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford or University of Cambridge. The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications. Each campus has members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Eligibility & pre-requisites

Students on this course:

  • Must conform to our age policy.
  • Must be fluent or near-fluent English language speakers – if you are unsure whether your English level is suitable for this programme, please contact our Admissions Team on [email protected] and they will be able to assist you.
  • Must be able to fulfil the basic requirements of the programme, in terms of attendance at lessons, meals and events. Please contact our Admissions Team for more detailed information.

Our Teaching Faculty

At Oxford Royale Academy we are committed to providing our students with the most qualified and high-calibre teaching faculty available. All Oxford Royale Academy teachers are passionate about their subjects, and are looking forward to passing their knowledge on to their students this summer! For full details of last summer’s teaching faculty, please click here.

Guest Lectures & Debates

At ORA, we go the extra mile to enhance the study abroad experience of our students. As part of this, every year our dedicated Events Team organises a series of fascinating guest lectures. Guest speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms, including the worlds of online media, television and academia. Our students also have the opportunity to watch and participate in a number of debates, which take place on campus. These range from formal Panel Debates, involving teaching faculty and other staff, to informal discussions about current “hot topics” led by Counsellors.

Coach Excursions

The United Kingdom has a rich cultural heritage, and a course with Oxford Royale Academy is the perfect way for a young learner to explore this. All ORA courses include at least one coach excursion to places of historical and social significance in the UK.

Extra-curricular Activities

At ORA, we never forget that our students are on holiday! Included with every ORA course is an extra-curricular timetable, carefully designed by our dedicated Events Team to ensure our students have fun, make friends and get the most out of their time with us.

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Summer Robotics Programme for Ages 16-18 is residential in the following venues:

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