Powering the future
Why a robotics program?
Robotics is transforming our world. The field of robotics is impacting a growing range of industries - manufacturing, transportation, defense, and more - and incredible new opportunities are emerging, but they require specialized skills. This program will teach the fundamentals of robotics, so you can join the new generation of engineers who are changing our world for the better by leveraging the power of robotics to extend our capabilities in innovative and beneficial new ways.
Build a foundation
From sensors to drivetrains, learn the core fundamentals every roboticist needs.
Learn the essentials of mechanical and electrical engineering (circuitry, construction, soldering, etc.). Combine that knowledge with all the hardware and tools you need to build and mod your own robot from scratch.
A built robot may seem cool, but it's nothing more than a model without code. To give your robot life and control it, you'll develop artificial intelligence and learn Arduino - a language used everyday by hobbyists and professionals alike. For more advanced students, we'll work with C.
Design & Develop
Take the next step and modify your robot for different challenges and situations. Potential projects include soccer robots (play keepy uppy with it) or battle bots (battle your friends).
Embark on a journey
Part I: Intro
We don't want to waste a minute, so we dive right into the world of robotics. We'll start by establishing a strong basis for upcoming lessons and projects.
1. Introduction to Electronics
2. Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
3. Introduction to Computer Science
Part II: Development
Now armed with the principles, take your learning to the next level. We'll transition to more advanced topics and combine CS / Engineering to solve new problems.
1. Wireless Sensors - Bluetooth and Infared
2. Interacting with the Environment
3. Advanced Construction and Design
Part III: Invention
Weeks of work culminate in a final project - a robot designed and built by you. Learn the brainstorming process, and how to make your idea a reality. Projects can range from soccer bots to maze solvers.
1. Design Process
2. Complex Circuitry
3. Real World Applications
A Day in the Life
9:50 am - 10:00 am
We start all of our classes with a recap of the previous day's work to refresh our students' memory, usually with a quirky task or activity (e.g. design a tool to peel eggs). This also serves as a warm-up to get them thinking and ready for a day of building.
Morning Session: Sensor Work
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Begin the day by being introduced to a new sensor. Then, use a standalone board to test and experiment - learning the ins and outs of the circuit and its code, gearing up to work it into your robot.
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Relax and chat inside, or go out for some fresh air and explore the surrounding area (Lower Manhattan is a foodie's dream!). Students are welcome to continue working on their projects or talk to mentors for extra help or guidance.
Noon Session: Integration and Robot Work
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Incorporate what you've learned into a fully functional robot designed by you. Use your creative liberty to install the sensor onto your chassis, and complete a series of challenges to prove your mastery of the topic.
Feedback & Recap
3:00 pm - 3:10 pm
We wrap up the day with a final recap, and students are encouraged to share their thoughts on the day's work. Many students stay afterwards for extra mentoring, and they are encouraged to do so.
A summer experience done differently.
We're committed to you
Everybody at Kinet-X has only one goal: to help you get the most out of your experience. When you learn at Kinet-X, you can always expect to have your lingering questions answered, discuss potential ideas and topics with your mentors, and receive meaningful feedback on improving your work.
Programs can start off well, but keeping yourself excited might be a challenge. Our program starts off on a brisk pace and keeps it going until the very end, keeping you on your toes and completely immersed in programming and engineering with exciting activities and enjoyable lessons.
Kinet-X provides students with endless opportunities to grow and learn, and one of the most important opportunities that we provide you is the ability to meet some of the brightest, talented kids in NYC. Over the course of 2 weeks, you and your friends will solve tough problem sets, build amazing inventions, and forge friendships to last a lifetime.
Learn to build robots in just 2 weeks.
May 12 Deadline (extended)
For more info (including space & scholarships), read our FAQ below. Still accepting late applications.
*Sticker price. Scholarships and discounts are available, read below.
Frequently asked questions
What sets Kinet-X apart from other tech programs?
Everybody's goal at Kinet-X is to help students reach their potential. We want our students to leave the program with more knowledge / experience than they had prior to joining. We teach an in-depth and comprehensive curriculum that combines engineering, computer science, and design to give students all the tech fundamentals they need in one course. Class sizes are extremely small, with a 1:5 mentor student ratio. This results in tailored attention to each of our students, and an incredibly unique program modeled after real-life accelerators, designed to train and inspire students to learn technology.
What does tuition cover?
Tuition helps us provide you with materials, activities, laptops, snacks, a fantastic space, and talented mentors.
When is the application deadline?
Our final application deadline is May 12, but admissions are rolling. That means you can submit an application any time between now and May 12 and receive a decision asap. Applicants are highly advised to apply early!
Do I need any prior experience to attend?
We don't expect you to have any knowledge of robotics, engineering, or CS when you join. However, if you do have experience in any of those areas, our robotics course is extremely flexible and our mentors will be glad to customize the program for you.
How much does the Kinet-X Robotics course cost?
Full tuition for our Robotics Summer 2018 program is $1590. If your family has financial difficulties, we provide need-based scholarships. If you've been accepted, we'll do everything in our power to make sure you attend. 97% of our past students who wouldn't have been able to attend otherwise participated in Kinet-X due to scholarships. If you sign up for two programs, you'll receive a $200 discount. Refer another family and receive $300 off.
When and where is Kinet-X taught?
Our Robotics Summer 2018 program will be hosted at the Pine Street School. Class begins on July 23rd and runs through August 3rd from 10am-3pm. Students are welcome to stay after for extra help or to just continue working on their projects. Our mentors generally leave at ~4pm.
Are there any age requirements?
We generally teach students from the ages 9-15. If you're outside this age range but still want to attend a Kinet-X program, no fear! Just drop us an email and we can talk.
Who will be teaching me at Kinet-X?
Our mentors are bright, talented people with a passion for helping younger students succeed. They themselves have vast experience in the education system, attending schools from Caltech to the University of Chicago.
What if I have more questions?
We'd love to answer them! Just contact us here