Middle School STEAM at UC Berkeley

Explore all elements of STEAM in order to power a self-driving robot

Summer Springboard Middle School program located on the campus of UC Berkeley

Program Highlights

Build and program a self-driving car that can drive backward, accelerate, follow lines, and avoid obstacles.
Use computer-assisted design (CAD) software to design both functional and fashionable parts of the car.
Explore digital electronics and physics kinematics circuits and use them to control currents and voltages.
Perform commands on Arduino, an open-source electronics platform, in order to program the robot.

Residential Price: $4,998 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Extended Commuter Price: Not Available

Commuter Price: $2,798 USD (+ supplemental fees)


Early July: July 3-July 15, 2022


University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Course Overview

This program incorporates all elements of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) in a comprehensive way for middle school students.

During this program students will work in teams to build an autonomous race car with the abilities to self-drive forward, backward, accelerate, track and follow lines, and avoid obstacles. The SparkFun RedBot is a perfect way to gain hands-on experience and get started in the world of robotics. At the end of the program, students will race their cars against other teams. Prizes will be given for the fastest car, most creative design, and sturdiest! Additionally, students will create videos documenting their creation of their car which they will screen at the end of the program.

Excursions at UC Berkeley include:

  • – Dynamic and innovative companies in Silicon Valley and across the Bay Area, such as Apple HQ, Stanford University, and other institutions.
  • – Famous landmarks in San Francisco: The Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and more!
  • – A day of fun at California’s Great America amusement park featuring Gold Striker, a top-ranked wooden roller coaster.

The Middle School programs operate separately from Summer Springboard high school programs with separate staff, accommodations, schedules, classes, activities, and a more structured environment. 

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