The 4-day Robotics Academy (9am-4pm, daily) at Auburn University is aimed at rising 7 - 9th grade students interested in robotics. Working in teams, students will engage in real-world engineering scenarios that will culminate in a friendly competition on the last day of the academy. Students will be introduced to the engineering design process, the importance of engineering notebooks and technical writing, as well as gain hands-on experience programming and building robots using VEX robotics kits. All aspects of the camp are applicable outside of the Robot Academy: the engineering design process and engineering notebooks are a vital part of professional engineering, the programming portion teaches logic that is applicable to any other programming language, and the VEX robotics control system is used in other robotics competitions such as BEST Robotics. All necessary materials, including motors, gears, pulleys, wheels and axles, and microcontrollers will be available for student use during the academy.