SUU TECS Robotics Summer Camp

Whether your team is gearing up for next season or you are an individual that wants to learn more about robotics, you are welcome and invited to join us for this Decathlon-inspired robotics camp. Participant in online workshops, teach/alliance collaboration, and in-person competition.  Don’t have a team? No worries! We will help you find a team in your area.

This experience is open to all students ages 14-18 and adult coaches/mentors. All experience levels and robot competition styles are welcome.

Online Workshops

  • Drivetrain Workshop: June 19, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    • Build a robust and versatile chassis for your robot.
  • Sensors Workshop June 26, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    • Learn about drivetrain speed, driving maneuverability, and torque.
  • Linear Lifts Workshop: July 10, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    • Improve your skills with color and distance sensors, as well as teaching your robot to use the sensors to provide you with the information you need.
  • The Alliance Challenge Workshop: July 17, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    • Master horizontal linear lifts, picking up objects, vertical lifts, basic intake systems and stacking objects.

Workshops will be broadcast via video conferencing. Links will be sent to you after you register. 

Workshops will be available on the FTC Utah YouTube channel one week after the workshop.

Live Event

August 6-7

Freedom Prep Academy

1761 W 820 N, Provo, UT, 84604

Camp Basics

  • Camp Participants must: 
    • Exhibit good sportsmanship and professionalism at all times. This is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. Fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. 
    • Ensure the safety of all participants in camp activities. 
    • Not engage in any form of bullying, harassment, use of profane or insulting language, or any actual or threatened violence. 
    • Adhere to all camp rules.
    • Adhere to school/competition team rules. 
    • Report any unsafe behavior to camp management.
    •  Persons who do not comply with this Code of Conduct may be barred from camp.
  • Teams will be placed into alliances of three teams each by event staff based on experience, their performance in FTC Ultimate Goal or equivalent competitions, and their overall competency. Ideally, an alliance would consist of a rookie team, an intermediate team, and an advanced team. 
  • Each team is responsible for recruiting an adult coach or mentor to attend team meetings and the competition. The adult must be at least 21 years old and maybe a teacher, parent, or another responsible adult. Teams may have more than one coach or mentor.
  • Individuals without a team will be assigned to a team for the length of the series. 
    • Individuals and teams will then have the option to discuss giving the individual a space on the team. 
    • Individuals also have the option to create their own team after the series ends.
  • Each alliance is encouraged to help each other prepare for the competition.
    • Note to non-FIRST teams: Working with and helping other teams is a competition standard in FTC and FRC. - This includes teams you may compete against later.
  • Alliances will meet in-person, with a coach or mentor present, or over the FTC Utah Discord. Each alliance will be assigned a specific channel for the Series. Communicating over Discord allows us to meet youth protection policies across multiple organizations.

Competition Basics

  • Teams are responsible for their own lodging August 6-7. 
  • Each participating team would go through an abbreviated inspection process for safety as well as to check to make sure the robots are within the 18”x18”x18” starting size. 
  • Alliances will meet in-person or over Discord to determine which team will compete in which of the first nine events. Each team will choose one event from the Driving Block, one event from Sensor Block, and one event from the Linear Lifts Block.
    • All teams on the Alliance will compete in The Alliance Challenge.
  • In the spirit of fair play, teams must use FTC legal batteries and motors. Control systems and other robot parts did not need to be FTC legal, but they must follow the safety rule “do no harm.”

Drivetrain Events


10 M Dash

Robots will run a 4 meter (approximately 12 feet or 6 tiles) sprint. Teams will get 3 attempts and keep their fastest time.


Hurdles (Teleop Race)

Robots will race to specific points on the field in teleop while passing through predetermined obstacles. Teams will make 3 attempts and keep their fastest time.

Robot Climb

Robot Climb

Robots will climb up a series of increasing steep ramps without tipping over in the fastest time.

Sensor Events

Support Station

Support Station

Robot will read colors of tape lines on the field and perform a set of predetermined tasks based the tape color.

Autonomous Maze

Autonomous Maze

Robots will race to specific points on the field in autonomous while passing through a set of predetermined obstacles. Robots will have to use sensors to complete the maze. Teams will get 3 attempts and keep their fastest time.

Teleop Sensor Relay

Teleop Sensor Relay

Robots in teleop will read on-field navigation targets and relay route information to teams - teams will not see the navigation targets.

Linear Lifts Events

horizental Grab

Horizontal Grab

Robots will grab an Ultimate Goal ring off a hook from increasing horizontal distances. Time will be used as a tiebreaker


Robot Pull Up

Robots will hang from hooks and pull themselves as far off the ground as possible.


Tower Build

Robots will build as large of a tower as possible out of Skystone blocks in one minute.

The Alliance Challenge


The Final Event of the Day

Teams will compete with their alliances against all other alliances. Each robot in an alliance will complete one stage of the challenge.

Stage 1: The 1st robot will drive through a maze with moderate inclines carrying a relay baton. This robot will then pass the baton ro a 2nd robot.

Stage 2: The 2nd robot will take the baton. It will have to recognize a randomly selected navigational target that is out of sign of the drive team. Based on the target, the robot will select and drive through one of three equally-spaced paths to meet the 3rd robot. 

Stage 2.5: The 2nd robot will stop 6 feet (3 tiles) away from the 3rd robot. The 3rd robot can either drive to the 2nd robot and take the baton or use a horizontal linear slide to grab the baton. 

Stage 3: The 3rd robot will place the baton in a basket located 3 feet off the ground to stop the clock.

Awards and Prizes

Individual team awards will be given to winning teams in 4M Dash, Hurdles, Robot Climb, Support Station, Autonomous Maze, TeleOp Sensor Relay, Horizontal Grab, Robot Pull Up, and Tower Build.

Winning Award
Alliances will also receive points based on how their teams perform in each of the 10 events. The alliance with the most points at the end of the day will be named Champion and receive matching awards for each team in the alliance.

Alliances will also receive points based on how their teams perform in each of the 10 events. The alliance with the most points at the end of the day will be named Champion and receive matching awards for each team in the alliance.


Only $30 per participant (students and coach/mentors).

This fee covers a camp shirt, lunch on August 7, and essential equipment needed for each team for each workshop.

Equipment will be sent to each team’s coach or mentor.

Join Us Today!

Registration is closed. Please contact Laurel Dodgion at for late registration.

Contact Us

For more information on workshops and competitions, including volunteering to help, please contact Lafe Peavler at

For any other questions please contact Laurel Dodgion at