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Program Robots with JavaScript


We’re on the verge of a robotics revolution. Learning to program robots using the popular language JavaScript is a great way to prepare for the careers of the future.

We will start with an overview of robotics and automation, and then explore the challenges of programming in the real world. Students will get a crash course in the popular coding language JavaScript and use it to write programs to make a robot interact with the world in specific ways. We will use Dexter, a high-precision robotic arm from Haddington Dynamics, for demos and for testing student programs. Students will also complete a project of their own choosing to demonstrate what they have learned. The class offers a foundation for further studies in programming and robotics.

What You Will Learn


Learn to program a robotic arm using JavaScript.

  • Get an introduction to robots and automation.
  • Gain an understanding of how advances in robotics will affect the economy and the jobs of the future.
  • Get a crash course in JavaScript, including variables and conditionals, loops and functions, and arrays and objects.
  • Learn how to debug programs in JavaScript.
  • Get an introduction to Dexter the robotic arm and use JavaScript to program Dexter’s movements.
  • Complete a robotics project of your choosing.

Return to the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy website here.

Note: Upon successful enrollment of a section, students will receive a confirmation email from our Student Services team. This email will include a link to an authorization form that is required to be completed within 72-hours of enrollment. 

In response to COVID-19 health guidelines, we have restructured our in-person Junior Academy workshops as online courses. Contact us at if you have questions.

Course Number: CSE-90049
Credit: 1.50 unit(s)