ASU Master Learners Academy

 Robotics, technology and invention program 

Arizona State University's Master Learners Academy offers students a transformative, educational experience at a highly ranked university by combining challenging academics with a rich array of extracurricular programming.

This Arizona-based program shares the university's culture of innovation, academic excellence and global responsibility. ASU is hosting the robotics, technology and invention summer program from July 6 to 20 for international high school students to experience education in the U.S. The program introduces students to robot construction; visual, language and digital programming; a robotics challenge; and invention and innovation techniques. The program will be located on ASU’s Tempe campus in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

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Application deadline: June 1, 2019

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About ASU

Arizona State University is a top-ranked research university comprised of four campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area, plus five regional learning centers throughout Arizona. In 2018, ASU was named by U.S. News & World Report as the nation's most innovative school for the fourth straight year. And according to the Institute of International Education, ASU is the top public university chosen by international students. ASU is one of the largest public universities by enrollment in the U.S.

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Robotics, technology and invention summer program

July 6 – 20, 2019

 Week one - Robotics 

Camp instructors use component-based robot construction, robotics programming, web programming, Alice game programming and phone app programming as vehicles to teach the latest engineering design concepts and computing technologies. The robots built by students will enter a robotics challenge and demonstration at the end of the first week. Learning objectives include:

  • robot construction
  • visual programming
  • language programming
  • C# programming
  • web programming in service-oriented computing
  • mobile app programming
  • robotics challenge

 Week two - Art of Invention  

In this exciting hands-on camp, students will be introduced to the engineering design process while they learn and use basic science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) concepts like simple machines, electric circuits, programming, rapid prototyping in maker spaces and storytelling. This project-based approach will emphasize problem identification, brainstorming, problem solving, teamwork and communication. The camp will culminate with the design and construction of a giant thematic Rube Goldberg®-style chain reaction machine. Learning objectives of the second week include:

  • CAD equipment
  • 3D printing
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Building skills
  • Chain reaction machines
  • Circuits
  • Programming

See what a week at ASU’s Master Learners Academy looks like with the sample itinerary below. Please note: Final itineraries will be emailed to students a month prior to arrival.

Sample: Robotics, Technology and Invention Itinerary (7 Day)

Meet our faculty

Week one: robotics with Professor Chen

Michael MobleyYinong Chen received his PhD from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, in 1993. He did postdoctoral research at Karlsruhe and at Laboratory for analytics and architecture of systems at the French National Center for Scientific research (LAAS-CNRS) in France in 1994. From 1994 to 2000, he was a lecturer and then senior lecturer in the School of Computer Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Dr. Chen joined Arizona State University in 2001 and is a senior lecturer in the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering. He co-authored 10 textbooks and more than 200 research papers.

He is on editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Systems and Software, Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, and the International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling.

Learn more about Dr. Chen

Week two: invention with Professor Jordan

Michael MobleyShawn Jordan is an associate professor of engineering in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He teaches context-centered electrical engineering and embedded systems design courses, and studies the use of context and storytelling in both K-12 and undergraduate engineering design education.

Professor Jordan is Principal Investigator on several National Science Foundation-funded projects related to design, including an NSF Early CAREER Award entitled “CAREER: Engineering Design Across Navajo Culture, Community, and Society” and “Might Young Makers be the Engineers of the Future?” Dr. Jordan also received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Obama in 2017.

Professor Jordan co-developed the STEAM Labs™ program to engage middle and high school students, and has appeared on many TV shows (including Modern Marvels on The History Channel and Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC) and a movie with his chain reaction machines. He serves on the Board of the i.d.e.a. Museum in Mesa, Arizona, and worked as a behind-the-scenes engineer for season three of the PBS engineering design reality TV show "Design Squad." He also held the Guinness World Record for the largest number of steps – 125 – in a working Rube GoldbergⓇ machine.

Learn more about Dr. Jordan

Off-campus activities

As participants, students are engaged in leadership and team-building activities when not taking part in classes. Students will get to know classmates from various countries and all over the U.S. during the extracurricular and social activities that are planned for evenings and weekends, including:

  • leaderships/team building activities
  • access to Sun Devil Fitness Complex (full basketball gym, indoor soccer field, two full-sized pools)
  • AMC movie trip
  • Arizona Diamondbacks game (MLB team)
  • Arizona Science Center
  • ice cream/pizza social
  • laser Tag/bowling/video arcade night
  • Grand Canyon visit and tour
  • trips to shopping centers in the local Phoenix area

Safety at ASU

As the #1 public university chosen by international students, ASU provides resources to help students and keep them safe. Learn more about safety at ASU.

Application process and requirements

The robotics, technology and invention summer program is designed for high school students, ages 14 – 18.The ASU Master Learners Academy applicants need to submit an application, which includes:

  1. a completed online application

  2. an official high school transcript

  3. Three 250-word essays detailing:

    • how you will benefit from the program

    • why you should be selected for the program

    • your understanding of technology

  4. Copy of HS Transcript (English) Last 2 years of academic work (does not need to be official)

  5. English Proficiency Exam: TOEFL- 50, IELTS- 5.0, Duo-Lingo-26. (Scanned copies are fine)

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Application deadline: June 1, 2019

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Program cost

The program cost for the ASU Master Learners Academy is $2,900 USD. The fee excludes airfare, visa costs and international travel insurance.

The fee includes:

  • tuition fees

  • on-campus accommodation and most meals (Please note that meals during travel and field trips are not included)

  • Ground transportation during the program

  • off-campus activities and activity supplies

Scholarship opportunity with program

Students who are accepted and attend the robotics, technology and invention summer program will receive a one-time $2,000 scholarship when they apply and are admitted to Arizona State University for an undergraduate degree.

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