Introduction to Robotics


  • Daytime/non-residential: $595; $100 deposit due at time of registration 
  • Residential (on-campus housing and food included): $1,395; $100 deposit due at time of registration

Date and Time

July 23–29 (residential), July 24–28 (daytime/non-residential)

Students have the option to live on campus while attending this program (residential) or commute from home each day (non-residential). The residential program will run from Sunday, July 23–Saturday, July 29, and will include evening and weekend activities. The non-residential program will be held from Monday, July 24–Friday, July 28, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. each day.

Program Registration

This program is full. No more applications will be accepted. 


Rising ninth–12th graders (ages 14–17); students must be at least 15 years old to stay on campus 


Mies Campus

Program Description

The objective of the program is to provide an introductory experience to the field of robotics. Students will learn how to work with robotic kits and the Arduino platform to design their own automated system. Students, working in teams, will be presented with several authentic design challenges. The program also provides students with the opportunity to experience what it’s like to study and play at Illinois Tech.

Learning Objectives:

  • To provide students an exciting, hands-on laboratory environment for design and discovery
  • To improve problem-solving skills
  • To improve engineering design skills
  • To improve written and oral communication skills
  • To improve teamwork skills

Example Activities:

  • Control movements of robots
  • Work with various sensors
  • Work with Arduino kits
  • Talk with Illinois Tech faculty
  • Tour Illinois Tech facilities and laboratories

Sample Schedule

8 a.m.: Breakfast (only for residential students)

9 a.m.–noon: Instruction

Noon–1 p.m.: Lunch 

1–5 p.m.: Instruction

5–6 p.m.: Activities and downtime with Illinois Tech summer interns (only for residential students)

6–7 p.m.: Dinner (only for residential students) 

7–10 p.m.: Activities and downtime with Illinois Tech summer interns (only for residential students)

10 p.m.: Residence hall check-in for the night (only for residential students)

Sample weekend activities: A beach day at Lake Michigan, visiting Navy Pier, visiting Millennium Park, taking in a Chicago White Sox game, and more!  (only for residential students)

Sample weekday activities: Game night, bowling at Illinois Tech’s The Bog, and gaming at the Esports arena (only for residential students)


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