Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Droids and Drones summer program?

The Droids and Drones summer program is for students with an interest in pursuing a career in the fast-growing fields of robotics and drone technology. The camp will help you explore a range of career options in the field and learn more about important issues in the field of drone technology and robotics.

Who is eligible to attend?

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students who are residents of the following southeastern states:  Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee and who:

  • are entering 10 – 12 grade in fall of 2019
  • are college-bound and in excellent academic standing
  • have not previously attended Droids and Drones

What happens at Droids and Drones?

Each day, you will participate in exciting classes with other students doing hands-on activities taught by faculty and staff from RIT/NTID. You will:

  • Learn about different careers in science, technology, engineering and math
  • Discover the types of careers that interest you
  • Attend and be part of hands on demonstrations of drone and robotic technology
  • Enjoy field trips to area facilities
  • Participate in group activities and discussions
  • Make new friends and have fun!

What does the program cost?

The program is free and is for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee residents only. Room, board, and all activities are covered—everything but spending money and transportation to our campus.

Is there any financial aid available?

In addition to the program being free for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina or Tennessee residents, there also is financial aid available for travel. Parents or guardians should request travel support in writing indicating how much support they are requesting and why they are requesting it.

How do I apply?

You can apply online or mail your application. Read this page for more information.

When will I know I am officially accepted?

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an official acceptance letter by mail. In addition, you will be directed to go online to print and complete the required program forms and mail to us by May 16, 2019.

Where will I stay? Where do I go to eat?

You and a roommate will share a room at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL in one of the residence halls.

The dining hall is nearby and there are vending machines and other places to grab a snack if you get hungry between meals. We also will provide snacks for the students.

When is arrival and check in?

Arrival and check-in will be on June 18, 2019, between 1:00 and 3:00 pm at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL. The exact location for check-in will be included in your final acceptance letter.

When does the program end and when is check out?

The program ends on June 23, 2019. You will need to check out of the residence hall and return your room key between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

What about transportation to the program?

You will need to arrange your own transportation to the program. Dorms at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, AL will be made available for campers.

What do I need to bring?

All of the following items are a must for your comfort and well-being!

  • Pillow, sleeping bag or extra-long single sheets and blankets
  • Photocopy of your medical insurance card
  • Bath towel, face towel, and wash cloth
  • Your own toiletries: soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, band-aids, sun screen/lotion, shampoo, comb, blow dryer, etc.
  • Bathing suit, sneakers, jeans, sweatshirts, shorts, t-shirts, underwear, socks, a rain-resistant jacket, walking shoes
  • Extra towels for water activities
  • Spending money for snacks