Rover Academy

Rover Academy is a free, week-long summer program that offers a balanced, blended experience integrating interactive STEM learning, student mentoring, and career exposure designed for 9th-12th grade students.


About Rover Academy

Through hands-on robot construction, driving exercises, and experimentation, students will gain the skills needed to compete in today’s tech-centric world. The coursework combines engineering design and construction, coding, and real-world problem-solving.

Applications are closed. Students will be notified of the status of their application by May 26, 2023.


Camp Dates

July 17-21
July 24-28


Students must be graduating seniors, rising 9th-, 10th-, 11th- or 12th-grade students.


Applications are closed. Students will be notified of the status of their application by May 26, 2023.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of Rover Academy?

This is a pay what you can camp. We do not consider ability to pay during application evaluation. After the camp is over, if your child had a good experience, we would ask you to pay what you can to enable more students to engage in the future.

What are the hours of Rover Academy?

The active hours of the camp are from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students may be dropped off as early as 8:00 a.m. each day and must be picked up by 3:00 p.m.

Will lunch be provided?

Yes. We will provide lunch and a snack each day of the camp.

Where will Rover Academy be held?

Rover Academy is held on the UAB campus in the Education and Engineering Complex Building – 1150 10th Ave S Birmingham, Alabama 35233.

Can I attend Rover Academy with a friend or sibling?

Yes. Please indicate on each person’s application the name of your friend/sibling and the preferred camp dates you would like to attend together.

Do you provide transportation?

No, we do not provide transportation. We encourage you to carpool if you are able.

I am currently in 8th grade, can I apply?

Yes. We are accepting current 8th grade students who will be in 9th grade in the 2023-2024 school year.

I am a graduating senior, can I apply?

Yes. We are accepting students who are graduating from high school in May 2023.

I have no experience with robotics or coding. Can I still apply?

Preference will be given to students who have previously completed Drone Academy, but anyone may apply.

Will the COVID-19 outbreak affect Rover Academy?

Rover Academy is scheduled to occur as planned. Any changes will be communicated via our website and email.