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Robotics Camps

Robotics Day Camp utilize robotics to explore the realms of science, technology, engineering, and math. Working with LEGO® and VEX™ IQ platforms, campers design, build, and program autonomous and remote-controlled robots to experience challenges and participate in competitions.

About the Camps

(coed, entering grades 1-7 in Fall 2021)

COVID-19 Update
At a minimum, Cranbrook’s COVID-related protocols will comply with applicable State of Michigan mandates and align with Oakland Country Health Division and American Camp Association. As we progress through the pandemic and towards the summer season, we may alter, cancel, or replace certain aspects of camp. If we do, this web page will be updated and registrants will be notified by email. Depending on the severity of a change, we may offer registrants a full refund should the adjustment not suit their interest. Otherwise, our regular cancellation policy remains in effect. You may view a summary of the policy in the Tuition & Fees section below or read the full policy in the Enrollment Agreement during the registration process.

General Information

Cranbrook Schools robotics program during the academic year regularly advances its VEX IQ, VEX, and WRO™ teams to state- and world-level championships. As an extension of our long history of superior robotics achievements, Robotics Day Camp offers LEGO® and VEX IQ programs staffed by members of our Schools' team coaches who help campers build robots to compete in the official league tournaments.

Robotics Day Camp offers sessions in LEGO® and VEX IQ
  • Grades 1-3: LEGO® WeDo 2.0, BOOST, and MINDSTORMS® EV3 (placed by ability)
  • Grades 4-7: VEX IQ
LEGO® WeDo 2.0
This program introduces campers to the basics of robotics using fun LEGO® creations. Campers use tablets and visual block programming to make use of sensors and motors on their WeDo robots.

This program allows campers to build and code interactive robots using tables and visual block programming. Sensors and unique mechanical features allow campers to bring these creations to life with mood reflecting facial expressions and communicative gestures. These life-like robot models can also be designed to grip and carry objects. Working in teams of two, campers are given guidance and instruction for sound building practices involving balance and function as they design their own unique interactive creations.

This program uses the LEGO® EV3 Challenge curriculum to allow campers to complete various engaging online and hands-on activities. Campers learn the fundamentals of LEGO® robotics, including basic skills in programming, sensor application, and mechanical design. If your child is interested in competing in a qualified competition after camp ends, there will be an option to register during camp for an additional fee.

This program platform is designed to be simple and easy for campers new to robotics, yet flexible and powerful to allow for a wide range of exploration in all aspects of STEM. Structural pieces snap together and come apart without tools allowing for quick build times and easy modifications. A variety of gears, wheels and other assemblies allow for complete mechanical customization of VEX IQ robots. The platform is compatible with a variety of programming options like Python, RobotC, and visual block programming (e.g. ModKit). Staff guide campers to begin building robots capable of competing in academic-year VEX IQ competitions. Any robotics experience is an asset, but no prior VEX IQ experience is necessary.

Important Note: Campers must have a general interest in robotics to enjoy this camp. The majority of camp time is spent building and coding robots. Campers may not purchase or take home robots or other materials. Campers may not bring robots or materials from home.

Robotics Show & Tell
Every Friday at 2:30pm, parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the Robotics Show & Tell where campers present their robots (grades 1-3) and participate in mini-competitions (grades 4-7).

Open Swim
Campers swim once a week at Cranbrook's Williams NatatoriumSwim tests are conducted on the first day. Campers who fail or prefer not to take the test are supplied with life jackets and remain in the shallow end of the pool. Campers are allowed to retake the test at any time. The Natatorium staff include a full-time and certified pool manager, certified lifeguards, and our trained camp staff who serve as lookouts.

Lunch, Snacks, and Allergies
Lunches and snacks are included in tuition and are provided by Chartwells Dining Services. They are a nut-free organization who cater Cranbrook Schools’ meals during the academic year. Special arrangements can be made for campers with food allergies. Lunch takes place on the Cranbrook Upper School Dining Hall.

Available Options
Extended care, transportation service, and after camp activities are available. These options can be combined to meet your needs. For example, you can choose morning Transportation Service and afternoon Extended Care. Logistical information for these additional options will be provided in the Parent Welcome Packet closer to the start of camp.
Extended Care
Extended Care is available beginning at 7AM and ending at 6PM. Afternoon care includes a snack. Campers enjoy activities, games, and open time outside and in the gym. Extended Care is located at Cranbrook Lower School Brookside. Campers are bused to/from camp each day. Extended Care is also a nice option for families with multiple children attending more than one of our camps to reduce the number of pick up points; parents/guardians simply pick up and drop off all children attending Extended Care at Brookside.

Transportation Service

Transportation Service is available to shuttle campers to and from specific stops in Birmingham (8:10 AM / 3:45 PM), Rochester Hills (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM), Royal Oak (7:50 AM / 4:05 PM), Troy (8:10 AM / 4:10 PM), and West Bloomfield (7:45 AM / 3:45 PM). Campers not picked up in time will be transported to Extended Care.

After Camp Activities
After Camp Activities include group Swim Lessons, Chess, and Coding. Subject to change. Space is limited.

Communication & Photos
Parents/guardians are emailed a newsletter each week that includes a recap from the prior week, highlights for the following week, field trip information, updated group lists, lunch and snack menus, and merchandise available for sale. Daily camp photos are taken and posted in the Photo Gallery to view, post, and purchase.

Why Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps?
Cranbrook Educational Community, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science, and art. Comprising a graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, House and Gardens, Institute of Science, and Pre-K through 12 independent college preparatory Schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors, students, and campers to its campus each year.

Founded by Detroit philanthropists George and Ellen Booth in 1904, Cranbrook’s 319-acre campus features the work of world-renowned architects such as Eliel Saarinen, Albert Kahn, Steven Holl, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Rafael Moneo, Peter Rose and sculptors Carl Milles, Marshall Fredericks and others. Critics have called Cranbrook "the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America" and in 1989, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

Cranbrook Schools Summer Camps operate under Cranbrook Schools in a dedicated department named Special and Summer Programs. This year-round department focuses solely on summer camps, after school programs, school rentals, and the school store. The dedicated full-time staff in the department spend the entire year preparing for camp. During the summer, over 1,800 campers from 20 states and nine countries come to Cranbrook for their summer experience. The campus, its facilities, the highly skilled and committed service departments such as Cranbrook's 24/7 security department, and all of Cranbrook's employees, residential faculty, and guests create a wonderful environment for children to learn and have fun. 

Each camp includes a dedicated Director, one or more Assistant Directors, an Office Administrator, Instructors, and Counselors. Each age-aligned group has one or two counselors who remain with their campers throughout the day and take them to each of the instructional areas. The camps are accredited by the American Camp Association and licensed through the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
 Tuition and Fees
  • Tuition
    • Full Session (6 weeks): $2,235
    • Half Session (3 weeks): $1,105
    • Partial Session (1 week): $415
  • Fees
    • Materials Fee: $35-$65 per session
    • Cancellation Fee: $50 per week prior to 21 days of session start date. No refund within 21 days.
    • Rush Enrollment Fee: $35 per session within 21 days of session start date
    • Late Payment Fee: 10% of balance 21 days prior to session start date
  • Discounts
    • Early Enrollment Discount: $75/$25 off Full/Half sessions. Use code WEB21 until 4/1/21.
    • Multi-Session Discount: $40 off each additional session. Applied automatically.
  • Financial Aid
    • Aid is available based on calculated need and availability of funds.
    • Awards range 0-50% of tuition and 0-100% of Extended Care; Excludes fees and other options.
    • Awards are funded by Cranbrook and other camp families.
    • To donate, visit our donation page.
    • To apply, complete the Parents' Financial Statement. Use SSS Code 9339.
  • Tuition Includes
    • Lunch
    • Morning and Afternoon Snacks
    • Camp T-shirt
  • Options Available:
    • Morning Extended Care: $75 per week
    • Afternoon Extended Care: $95 per week
    • Transportation Service: $45 per way per week
    • After Camp Activities: $75-$110
    • Camp Merchandise: $5-$15
    • Monthly Payment Plan: $0
Questions? Contact Special and Summer Programs at summer@cranbrook.edu, (248) 645-3674, or use our Contact Us form.

LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site or program.

VEX and VEX Robotics are trademarks or service marks of VEX Robotics, Inc., a subsidiary of Innovation First International, Inc.

Dates, Times & Locations

Full Session
FS: June 21 - July 30, 2021
Other camps after July 30

Half Sessions
H1: June 21 - July 9, 2021
H2: July 12 - July 30, 2021
Other camps after July 30

Partial Sessions
W1: June 21 - June 25, 2021
W2: June 28 - July 2, 2021
W3: July 5 - July 9, 2021
W4: July 12 - July 16, 2021
W5: July 19 - July 23, 2021
W6: July 26 - July 30, 2021
W7: No Session. Other camps.
W8: No Session. Other camps.

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School - Cranbrook


Robotics Show & Tell
for Parents/Guardians
Fridays at 2:30 PM