Costs associated with summer travel to and from NASA
Ames Research Center (10 miles north of San Jose, CA)
are the responsibility of each intern.
If you plan to fly to the San Francisco Bay Area,
please inform us of your travel plans, as we may be able
to coordinate ground transportation from the San Jose
(SJC) and San Francisco (SFO) airports.
While attending the academy, college interns normally
live together in a communal housing system. Historically
this has either been in the NASA Lodge at Moffett Field
or by renting a number of apartments in a complex near
public transportation. At this time, we have not made
reservations at the Lodge, but may do so soon.
In the past, RoboAcad administration and returning
academy alumni have worked together to find a safe,
affordable, and convenient location for the college
interns to live. This housing system is opt-in. Students
who live local to NASA Ames Research Center or who wish
to find their own living arrangements for whatever
reason, do not need to live in the communal housing
RoboAcad student leadership determines most of the
daily life within the communal housing system. The
students run an opt-in dinner meal plan. In this system,
students take turns providing dinner for all of the
residents in the communal housing system on a rotating
cycle. Some students cook their own meals, while others
lacking culinary skills purchase extra dinner supplies
allowing other students to skilfully prepare community
meals, and do other household chores instead.
Students will be responsible for paying for their own
housing. Based on past experience, interns should expect
to have either one or two room-mates. Students should
expect to do their fair share of household chores to
keep the common areas of the communal housing clean.
Students will be responsible for paying their portion of
the rent and utilities for the entire duration of the
academy, even if the student chooses to leave the
academy before its conclusion or is dismissed.
The commute from the communal apartments located near
NASA Ames Research Center should be less than half an
hour (by public transit or bicycle). RoboAcad has a
number of bicycles available for student use although
students can choose to bring their own bicycle or car.
NASA Ames Research Center is located at Moffett
Field, near the city of Mountain View, CA. (This area is
commonly referred to as Silicon Valley.) A Light Rail
and a bus system provide reasonable city access to
students who do not bring cars. The Light Rail (operated
by the Valley Transit Authority- VTA) connects to the
Caltrain system, which, for about four dollars each way,
provides service to San Francisco or San Jose. These
systems provide access to many sources of entertainment
as well as to both the San Francisco and San Jose
The weather is normally sunny during the summer months,
with daytime highs in the 70s and 80s (ºF) and night-time
lows in the 50s and 60s (ºF). Visits to San Francisco are
often several degrees colder and cloudy.