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 22-26, 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


Rocket to the Moon Team Camp - Day and Residential

July 15-19, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Shoot rockets to the moon, collect and store rocks (balls) in storage containers and at the end you dock your robot. There is a minimum of three (3) team mates required for registeration to attend. A list of your robot and it's parts will be provided to you prior to the camp and you must bring these items to the camp.

Program Fee: $625 (includes 5 nights of room and board and your camp fee), $300 for day camp

Grades: 9-12


FRC Leadership - Day Camp Only

July 23-25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Aspiring to be a leader on your robotics team? Voted team captain? Now what? This unique camp focuses on leadership Do's and Don'ts. We teach you how to build your confidence with improved communications. This camp helps you develop negotiation skills, networking skills, improve your problem-solving skills and gain management skills. You will improve your impact on your team.

Program fee: $300

Grades: 9-12


Rocket to the Moon - Day and Residential

August 5-9, 9:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m.

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July 29 - August 9, 9:30 a.m - 4:30 p.m. 

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50 years ago the US landed a rocket on the Moon. Now you get to shoot rocks (balls) to the moon, collect, and store the rocks in storage containers, and at the end you dock your robot.

Program fee: 

  • One Week Day Camp - $450 we supply the robot, $300 if you supply the robot
  • Two Week Day Camp - $900 we supply the robot, $750 if you supply the robot
  • One Week Residential Camp - $775 (includes 5 nights of room and board and your camp fee), $625 if you supply the robot
  • Two Week Residential Camp - $1,680 (includes 12 nights of room and board and your camp fee), $1,530 if you supply the robot

Grades: 9-12


Autonomous Programming (Intermediate/Advanced) - Day and Residential

August 12-16, 9:30 am - 4:30 p.m. Monday and Friday, 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday 

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This autonomous-only programming class is for students who crave more time to develop fantastic autonomous programs for their robots. Participants take a functional FRC robot and write autonomous programs for game challenges using sensors, a camera, PID Loops and vision tape. Students may use the programming language of their choice and the camp includes several 15-second competitions and a special 60-second challenge at the conclusion of the camp. Some FRC programming skills are required.

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

Grades: 9-12