Robotics at Cal Poly

Create robots and use them to explore programming, control theory, and algorithm design.

Summer Springboard program located on the campus of Cal Poly

Program Highlights

Describe, analyze and critically think about the fundamental problems in robotics, such as how to change the position or configuration of a robot.
Build, analyze and debug circuits, and learn how to incorporate them in a larger system.
Collect and process data from robotics systems, learning the basics of data science.
Go from idea, to 3D model, to a built component, by learning mechanical design with CAD.
robotics at cal poly

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

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398 USD (+ supplemental fees)

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


Late June: June 27-July 9, 2021

Early July: July 11-July 23, 2021


Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA

Course Overview

Robots and automation are being used to improve productivity across industries such as agriculture, warehouses, and rehab centers. The purpose of the robotics summer program for teens is to expose students to this exciting area with lots of opportunities. Hands-on electronics, programming, and fun projects are the key elements of this summer course. You will expect to get your hands dirty on wheeled robots (line following robots), robotic arms (UR5 robot, delta robot), sensor and data processing, and some basic control system concepts.

Excursions may include research facilities on the forefront of the latest technology innovations at Cal Poly.

Meet your instructor


Bo Lui, Ph.D.

Bo Liu

Dr. Bo Liu is an associate professor in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department at Cal Poly State University. He received his doctoral and master’s degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He teaches coursework in the areas of electronics, sensors, data acquisition systems, and robotics, and conducts research in artificial intelligence and mechatronics applications in agricultural production and processing. His research projects have been funded by private companies, state and federal agencies. He has been invited to present research projects at various universities, national and international conferences.

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Summer Springboard Pre-College Summer Program