FIRST Day and Residential Programs

All camps are held at the Kettering University FIRST Robotic Community Center.

For Day Camps, need-based scholarships are available and may be applied if student qualifies for free/reduced school lunches. Each student receives a T-shirt. Drop Off is no more than 15 minutes before class starts. Pick Up is no more than 15 minutes after class ends. Bring a lunch, unless otherwise noted.

For Residential Camps, campers are housed in the Francis Wilson Thompson Residence Hall. Resident advisors supervise all residential campers. Residential campers are not allowed to leave campus (other than on field trips) until the end of the camp. Program costs include room and board (three meals a day).

FIRST Tech Challenge Unknown Game - Day Camp Only

July 20-24, 9:30 a.m - 3:30 p.m.

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The Android and Snapdragon systems are used. An unknown challenge is revealed the first day and students build a robot to compete in a competition on the last day. Students are trained to use basic tools (band saw, hacksaw, drill, file and measuring devices) and to program the robot using JAVA.

Program Fee: $400 (we supply and keep the kit), or $310 if students or teams supply the materials. 

Grades: 7-8


Power The Future Camp - Day and Residential

July 27-31, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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August 3-7, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Day Camp

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Residential Camp

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The camp uses the 2020 FRC Field plus some modifications to the field, game pieces, and rules. Participants will build, drive, and program a robot for use in a short competition at the end of the week. 

Program Fee: 

  • $750 - Residential with robot supplied to participant (includes 5 nights of room and board and your camp fee)
  • $600/team member - Residential with participant bringing robot and parts (includes 5 nights of room and board and your camp fee)
  • $450 - Day with robot supplied to participant
  • $300 - Day with participant bringing robot and parts

Grades: 9-12

Power The Future Team Camp - Day and Residential

July 13-17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Residential Camp

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The camp uses the 2020 FRC Field plus some modifications to the field, game pieces, and rules. Teams will build, drive and program a robot to have a short competition at the end of the week. There is a minimum of three (3) team mates required for registeration to attend. 

Program Fee: 

  • $650/team member - Residential with robot supplied to team (includes 5 nights of room and board and your camp fee)
  • $500/team member - Residential with team bringing robot and parts (includes 5 nights of room and board and your camp fee)
  • $450/team member - Day with robot supplied to team
  • $300/team member - Day with team bringing robot and parts

Grades: 9-12

FRC Leadership - Residential & Day

July 21-23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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August 11-13, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Whether you're in a leadership position or hope to be someday, this camp will improve your leadership skills. This unique camp will take you on a journey that helps you discover what makes you and others tick. You will explore personality styles, understanding and motivating people, and learn about the power of communication. This camp will teach you about the components and challenges of leadership, conflict resolution, and the arts of negotiating, networking and problem-solving. Each day is enhanced through activities that allow you to put what you learn into action.

Daily Focus

  • Day 1: FIRST Robotics Student Leadership 101: Self-Discovery
  • Day 2: FIRST Robotics Student Leadership 201: Understanding Leadership
  • Day 3: FIRST Robotics Student Leadership 301: Implementing Leadership

Program fee: $500 for residential, $300 for day

Grades: 9-12


Autonomous Programming (Intermediate/Advanced) - Day and Residential

August 10-14

9 am - 4 p.m. Monday and Friday, 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday 

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If you are tired of not getting enough time with the robot to develop fantastic autonomous programs, then sign up for the Autonomous-only programming class. Take functional FRC Robot and write autonomous programs for a given game challenge. Sensors, a camera and PID loops can be used in programming the robot. Vision tape can be added to the scoring location. Use the language of your choice. Several 15-second autonomous only competitions and a special 60-second additional challenge will occur at the end of the camp.

Some FRC programming skills are required.

Program Fee: $700 (includes five nights of room and board), $400 day camp

Grades: 9-12


ROBLOX Makers and Maker Labs: Make Your FIRST 3D Creation

June 29 - July 2, 9 a.m - 4 p.m.

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Maker Labs - Make Your First 3D Creation - Calling all boys and girls who want to be the designers of the future! In this class, if you can dream it, you can make it - create your first action figure, design custom jewelry, make a new toy, learn how to prepare a model for 3D printing, and create a design portfolio to showcase your work! Using professional-level modeling software, kids will sculpt, texture, and render their own 3D creation. No prior experience is necessary and 3D designs will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

ROBLOX Makers - Unlock the power of ROBLOX Studio, the world creation tool used by real-world ROBLOX developers! Learn how to build 3D models and create an adventure in your ROBLOX world. Bring characters to life with unique animations you design. Students who complete their project will have access to a 3D printer to print their creation. Student-created projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family.

Program Fee: $350

Grades: 4-8

Python Programmers and Minecraft Modders

June 22-26, 9 a.m - 4 p.m.

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Python Programmers - Want to learn the world’s fastest-growing programming language favored by Google, NASA, Youtube, and the CIA? Learn how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games. Each lesson takes you step-by-step on a programming path that will let you challenge friends with fun content you create from start to finish. There is a $10 license fee per student with this class.

Minecraft Modders - Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. Students projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students must own a Java version of Minecraft to access their projects at home. Tablet, phone and game console versions of Minecraft are not compatible.

Program Fee: $410

Grades: 4-8