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

2019 dates will be announced in January 2019. Please check then for date and registration information.

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: TBA

Grades: 7-8


Hockey Game (Beginning/Intermediate) - Day Camp Only

2019 dates will be announced in January 2019. Please check then for date and registration information.

Build an FRC robot that plays hockey. The robot can hit, or ”herd,” a hockey puck or a small ball into one of two goals. A third goal is placed above ground level for more advanced robots. Students go through the brainstorm, design and build processes and may use LabVIEW, C++ or Java to program the robot to operate for a competition the last day.

Program Fee: TBA

Grades: 9-12


Prototype and Design Challenge - Day and Residential

2019 dates will be announced in January 2019. Please check then for date and registration information.

Design a robot to shoot, sling or punch a ball at half court over water into low, middle and high goals. Also, score objects in the water. Participants brainstorm, prototype, and design a robot using CAD to play the game. Students do not make a functioning robot.

Program fee: TBA

Grades: 9-12


Robotic Design and the Natural World - Day and Residential

2019 dates will be announced in January 2019. Please check then for date and registration information.

This one-week program is for 9th and 10th grade young women only. Robots are often utilized for various types of biological and chemical testing. At Kettering University, participants in this camp are involved in designing robots for water and plant sampling. Using the samples, participants uncover the mysteries of the water and microbial and plant communities via biological and chemical analyses.

Program fee: TBA

Grades: 9-10


Half Court Shooting Water Game - Day and Residential

2019 dates will be announced in January 2019. Please check then for date and registration information.

FIRST can’t do a water game because of wood floors under their fields. But Kettering University can. Shoot, sling or punch a ball at half-court over water into low, middle and high goals. Score objects in the water.

Teams of 3-to-6 students build a drivetrain and create an upper structure to play the game. Students go through the brainstorm, design and build processes and may use LabVIEW, C++ or Java to program the robot to operate for a competition on the last day.

Note: The one-week camp teams work with a pre-built drivetrain and the two-week camp teams build the drivetrain.

One-Week Program fee: $450 (we supply and keep the robot) or $300 (you or your team supply the materials)

Two-Week Program fee: $900 (we supply and keep the robot) or $750 (you or your team supply the materials)

Grades: 9-12


Autonomous Programming (Intermediate/Advanced) - Day and Residential

2019 dates will be announced in January 2019. Please check then for date and registration information.

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


Ford Summer Camp (Flint Residents Only) - Day Camp

2019 dates will be announced in January 2019. Please check then for date and registration information.

High school students in the City of Flint are invited to apply to participate in a FIRST Robotics summer day camp sponsored by the Ford Motor Company. This camp introduces students to various aspects of a STEM curriculum through hands-on exercises and challenges. This camp is specially designed for students interested in designing, building and programming a robot. The camp also helps students prepare for the ACT/SAT.

Program Fee: There is no fee for the two week camp, however it is valued at over $2,500. Transportation from your school and lunch is provided.

Grades: 9-12