In this exciting hands-on, day camp for high schoolers, participants will be introduced to the principles of robot design through origami – the art of paper folding – to prototype, ideate, and get a hands-on sense of the physics of robots.

  • June 13-17, 2022
  • $250/student ($275 after 5/13/22 early deadline)
  • ASU Polytechnic Campus
  • Open to students in grades 9-12

Participants will learn:

  • how to use the biological world as a source of inspiration for designing robots, and how to translate those principles into a set of engineering design goals.
  • how to ideate, prototype, and synthesize robotic devices through folded mechanisms, and how force, torque, and motion can be tuned through these structures to make robots move better.
  • Coding a microcontroller to generate motion with an RC servo-motor.
  • how to take real-world data from a foldable robot and use physical models to improve robot performance

This week-long, hands-on, project-based approach will emphasize problem identification, brainstorming, problem solving, rapid prototyping, teamwork, and communication. The camp will culminate with a final build – that students can program to move through the environment – along with an exposition for parents.

Students will be able to take their development kits home with them at the end of the week. Example parts & materials include:

  • Programmable microcontroller
  • Breadboard & wire
  • RC Servo
  • Sensor(s)
  • LEDs
  • Rechargeable Battery and Charger
  • Craft essentials: scissors, stapler, tape, brads, rubber bands

For more info, contact danaukes@asu.edu or visit our registration page.