With robots becoming more prominent in our society, the field of robotics will only continue to advance in the future. If you are interested in building and designing machines, then this career path may be for you.
Most of these summer programs will involve not only learning about the field of engineering as a whole but applying these concepts to make creations of your own.
Here are 10 robotics opportunities available to ambitious high school students.
If you are specifically interested in radar systems, then MIT’s LLRISE program will be suited for you. Throughout July, rising seniors will be taught how to build small radar systems, such as a Doppler and range radar. Highly talented scientists and engineers will be working alongside the attendees and assisting them. The workshop will be held at two locations: the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA and Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA.
Be a U.S. citizen. Foreign citizens who are permanent residents are not eligible.
Be passionate about STEM.
Be a current junior.
Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a religious or medical exemption.
Selectivity: Very High
This program has an emphasis on providing hands-on research experience for Massachusetts students who are rising seniors. Therefore, attendees can expect to work with experienced Northeastern faculty at the research laboratories within Northeastern University’s Colleges of Engineering, Science, and Health Sciences, which can range from bioengineering and artificial intelligence – although this year’s projects are not yet fully decided. The program also offers education and career counseling, a chance to explore college life, field trips, and career exploration seminar series on topics including engineering.
Must be permanent Massachusetts residents.
Priority access is given to those students who have low access to similar programs and live within commuting distance of Northeastern University.
Students in Maine are eligible to participate in Young Scholars’ Program @ Roux Institute in Portland, Maine. More details found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2023-YSPR-APPLY.
Must be a current junior student.
Students from any school (public, private, homeschooled, etc) are eligible.
Lumiere has been founded by researchers at Harvard and Oxford. Hundreds of ambitious high school students do politics research through the Lumiere Research Scholar Programs. Each student is paired with a top PhD and works with their mentor 1-on-1 to produce a university-level research paper.
The programs are fully virtual and vary in duration based on the student’s end goal with respect to how much of a deep dive they would prefer. The research opportunities range from pure political science to combining politics with other social sciences.
Past research projects include comparisons in sports training between humans and robots, exploring how robots increase the efficacy of monitoring disasters such as wildfires
Also, check out the Lumiere Foundation, a non-profit research program for talented, low-income students.
Application deadline: There are four cohorts throughout the year. Applications are due in February, May, September, and December, respectively. Apply here!
Program dates: There are four cohorts throughout the year in spring, summer, fall, and winter.
Eligibility: All high school students may apply.
Veritas AI has a range of AI programs for ambitious high school students, starting from close-group, collaborative learning to customized project pathways with 1:1 mentorship. The programs have been designed and run by Harvard graduate students & alumni.
In the AI Fellowship, students create a novel AI project independently with the support of a mentor over 12-15 weeks. Many students also combine AI with robotics. Examples of past projects can be found here.
Fee: $1,490 for the AI Scholars program (A 10-week bootcamp). $4,200 for the AI Fellowship (the 12-15 week 1-1 mentorship). $4,700 for both. Need-based financial aid is available.
Application deadline: Program runs in cohorts throughout the year - applications this year will happen on March 1, May 1, September 1, and December 1 (as of writing) .
Program dates: Applications for the summer are between February and May.
Program selectivity: Moderate (AI Fellowship)
Eligibility: Applicants must be ambitious, high school and can be anywhere in the world. For the AI Scholars program, no previous experience is required - applicants need to show a keen interest in AI. For the AI Fellowship program, applicants will either need to complete the AI Scholars program or have had past experience with AI concepts or Python.
The UT Computer Science Summer Academies is offering high schoolers of all skill levels the opportunity to learn more about robotics on the University of Texas campus. The topics that will be covered include but are not limited to introductory programming, Arduino, sensors, and controlling a robot. As such, the hands-on experience will involve assembling and programming a robot, utilizing tools in robotics research, competing in a robot race, and more. Of course, you can expect to explore the UT campus and meet current students as well. Applications will open January 31st.
Costs: $2,100, limited scholarships available
Current 9th - 12th grade students
For rising 9th and 10th graders, the Virtual Engineering Summer Program will be held over a course of a week. Not only are there workshops for students to learn about engineering majors at UW Madison, but also they will be mailed engineering kits and have hands-on experience in robotics design. On the other hand, for rising 11th and 12th graders, the residential Engineering Summer Program will be held over the course of three weeks. The program offers a curriculum in STEM, hands-on workshops, visits to industry sites, field trips, mentoring from faculty, and an opportunity to network with experts in the industry. Students will be expected to learn about design and work in teams.
Have an interest in STEM
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Be a current 8th grader or freshman in high school
Have a strong interest in STEM
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Be a current sophomore or junior in high school
Have completed at least one year of algebra, geometry, and chemistry
Have a minimum unweighted grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
This program emphasizes engineering, fabrication, robotics, and computation in the context of solving real world problems. Those selected for the program will be allowed to pursue their own engineering design projects through the state-of-the-art Nolop Makerspace at Tufts’s technology, which includes laser cutting, 3D printing, robotics, and computation. Guest speakers will talk about their work and the importance of engineering, which may serve as inspiration for the student’s projects of choice.
Costs: Commuter: $4,000, Residential: $5,500, Materials Fee: $200, limited scholarships available
Currently in grades 10-12 or graduating from high school in spring 2022.
For residential students,they must be no younger than 15 at the start of the program and no older than 17 before the program end date.
Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply, but if English is not your primary language you will need to submit evidence of English Language proficiency.
For 6 weeks, high school students will spend seven hours per workday in classes or other activities, which can range from STEM and humanities courses, workshops, guest speakers, and tours. One of these classes will be an elective that will require the student to work on work on a project, and past elective subjects have included engineering design and machine learning. At the end of the program, there will be a final symposium for these projects to be presented to the broader MIT community.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Be a current high school junior
Selectivity: Very High
As the name of the program implies, this Embry-Riddle summer program will focus on robotics & autonomous systems, which is a rapidly expanding field. With the Embry-Riddle faculty and undergraduate students in robotics competition teams, program attendees will create and test autonomous robots of their own. Throughout the week, students will be incorporating concepts from mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, which will be useful in their future careers in engineering and robotics.
Eligibility: Students aged 15-18
During Saint Louis University's Robotics Summer Academy, attendees will establish teams and build their own robots using custom hardware. This project will involve mechanical, electrical and computer engineering concepts in order to design and fabricate robot parts. These robots will be put into friendly competitions with other students’ robots, and at the end of camp, students will have their own functioning robot to keep. Moreover, participants will meet with current SLU engineering students and faculty, visit their engineering labs and facilities, and explore campus.
This is a day camp only; overnight housing is not provided for the Robotics Summer Academy.
Costs: $650, scholarships available
High school students entering grades 9 through 12.
Space is limited to 25 students.
Bonus option: Worcester Polytechnic Institute Frontiers
WPI’s residential program provides two weeks of STEM exploration in their course curriculum. Uniquely, while students will primarily focus on a STEM “major,” they also will pursue a humanities “minor,” which can range from psychology to painting to business. If you choose Robotics Engineering as your major, you will learn about robotics engineering, such as force, torque, and stress analysis, material properties, processing, and selection, power requirements, micro controllers, sensor operations, programming, pneumatics. With this knowledge you will create a machine to solve a challenging robotics problem and be tested in an end-of-session tournament.
Cost: $3,595, financial assistance available
Be a rising 10, 11, and 12th grade
One other option – Lumiere Research Scholar Program
If you are passionate about research, you could also consider applying to the Lumiere Research Scholar Program, a selective online high school program for students that was founded by researchers at Harvard and Oxford. Last year, we had over 2100 students apply for 500 spots in the program! You can find the application form here.
Lydia is currently a sophomore at Harvard University, studying Molecular and Cellular Biology. During high school, she pursued engineering activities like attending the Governor's School of Engineering and Technology. In her spare time, she likes to create digital art while listening to music.