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LEGO Online Training Starts Soon! Register Today!

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Only two more weeks until our Fall LEGO online trainings start. Register for the LEGO TETRIX and/or the EV3 classes today! Enjoy the convenience of taking Robotics Academy courses without leaving your own computer workstation.

Benefits of our Online Training:
- Assisted training using provided hardware and software
- Screen sharing amongst the class
- Networking opportunities with other professional educators
- Robotics Academy Certification for “Graduates”

 

EV3

EV3

 

EV3 Online Professional Development
Oct 15th – Nov 19th, 2014
Wednesdays for 6 Weeks
6-8:00pm EST (3-5:00pm PST)
* Graduates Earn a Robotics Academy Certification!

FREE!! ROBOTC for EV3 Webinars
Oct 14th – Nov 18th, 2014
Tuesdays for 6 Weeks
7-7:45pm EST (4-4:45pm PST)

 

 

TETRIX

TETRIX

 

ROBOTC Online Training for LEGO / TETRIX
Oct 16th – Nov 20th, 2014
Thursdays for 6 Weeks
6-8:00pm EST (3-5:00pm PST)
* Graduates Earn a Robotics Academy Certification!

 

 

REGISTER TODAY!!

 

VEX Online Training Starts Soon! Register Today!

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Only two more weeks until our Fall VEX online trainings start. Register for the VEX CORTEX and/or the VEX IQ class today! Enjoy the convenience of taking Robotics Academy courses without leaving your own computer workstation.

Benefits of our Online Training:
- Assisted training using provided hardware and software
- Screen sharing amongst the class
- Networking opportunities with other professional educators

 

 

VEX CORTEX

VEX CORTEX

 

ROBOTC Online Training for VEX CORTEX
Oct 13th – Nov 17th, 2014
Mondays for 6 Weeks
6-8:00pm EST (3-5:00pm PST)
* Graduates Earn a Robotics Academy Certification!

 

 

 

 

VEX IQ

VEX IQ

 

FREE ROBOTC for VEX IQ Webinars
Oct 14th – Nov 18th, 2014
Tuesdays for 6 Weeks
6-6:45pm EST (3-3:45pm PST)

 

 

 

REGISTER TODAY!!

 

Code! Compete! Learn Robotics Today!

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We are excited to share our Fall online training schedule with you! Enjoy the convenience of taking Robotics Academy courses without leaving your own computer workstation.

Register for a class today!!

Online Training Schedule

EV3 Online Professional Development
Oct 15th – Nov 19th, 2014
Wednesdays for 6 Weeks
6-8:00pm EST (3-5:00pm PST)

Complimentary ROBOTC for EV3 Webinars
More Details Coming Soon!
Oct 14th – Nov 18th, 2014
Tuesdays for 6 Weeks
7-7:45pm EST (4-4:45pm PST)

ROBOTC Online Training for LEGO / TETRIX
Oct 16th – Nov 20th, 2014
Thursdays for 6 Weeks
6-8:00pm EST (3-5:00pm PST)

ROBOTC Online Training for VEX CORTEX
Oct 13th – Nov 17th, 2014
Mondays for 6 Weeks
6-8:00pm EST (3-5:00pm PST

Complimentary ROBOTC for VEX IQ Webinars
More Details Coming Soon!
Oct 14th – Nov 18th, 2014
Tuesdays for 6 Weeks
6-6:45pm EST (3-3:45pm PST

 

 

 

 

Pre-Release of our ROBOTC Graphical Curriculum Available Today!

 

 

Try Out the Newest Robot Virtual World Competitions!

The VEX Skyrise virtual world simulates the brand new VEX Robotics Competition, announced today at VEX Worlds, for the 2014-2015 season. Like previous simulations of the competitions, this virtual world includes multiple fully programmable robots, the correctly scaled field and game objects, and score and timer tracking.

Simulating the official 2014-2015 VEX IQ competition, VEX Highrise, the object of the game is to attain the highest possible score by Scoring Cubes in the Scoring Zone and by building Highrises of Cubes of the same color on the Highrise Bases. It’s absolutely perfect for teams who want to do strategic planning and learn how to program!

 

 

 

 

Written by Cara Friez

September 2nd, 2014 at 10:39 am

Robots Oh My! One Teacher’s Experience at our Training…

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Anna Lynn Martino attended one of our Professional Development classes recently and wrote a wonderful blog about her experience. Check it out below …

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Reblogged – “Robots Oh My!” from www.annalynnemartino.com

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Last week I attended another teacher training at CMU’s Robotics Academy. My goals this year was to be more comfortable working with ROBOTC, which is the programming language that my FTC robotics team uses. Also, I am teaching/mentoring/moderating our robotics class in the fall. As a middle school with a programming class, I thought my students would be better served by teaching them robotC but also I thought it would be great to have them also prepped for the team if they are interested in becoming part of the team.

Above is a collage showing the ROBOTC graphical interface, some “regular” ROBOTC, and a Tetrix bot.

Again, it was a really great workshop and I learned a lot! It is crazy. I have been teaching Scratch and this summer I introduced kids to Python and some basic programming in Arduino and I was struggling with explaining variables and functions. I got the basics but I had a hard time explaining it because I do not have a Comp Sci background but this time, I totally understood how variables and functions operating within a programming language. Tim Friez, our instructor, was really amazing and his style of teaching was perfect. I think, that his style is what a lot of teachers are starting to go for – in the parlance of our field – student-driven/centered.

We also had a teacher, who works on curriculum development at the center, come in and give us tips and hints about teaching robotics. It was practical advice and just giving us tips on what to be aware of. Also, in order to have a class, there is a fair amount of start-up costs.

What you need:

  • The Robot kits (you might want different types)
  • Fields (for kids to do their challenges on)
  • license for the programming language
  • license for the curriculum
  • remote controls
  • wifi/bluetooth adapters
  • challenge elements (blocks, balls, cut pvc pipes, folders or books for walls
  • colored electrical tape
  • computers
  • expansion kits if you have advanced students (which you will probably have)

I also met some really amazing people and it was great hearing what their challenges are and how they dealt with them. Most of us were just “regular teachers” which also made the prospect of having a robotics class less daunting.

I am again super excited about it but I also realize that I need to recharge. I am taking the next few weeks to do that before orientation week. I worked all of June and July. I do not want to go back feeling like I did not have this time to process all that I did this summer and last year.

If anyone is thinking about teaching robotics, I would highly highly recommend the CMU Robotics Academy. They offer online and campus workshops in the summer. They are going to have webinar soon about EV3 and ROBOTC.

Follow them on Twitter @ROBOTC or subscribe to their blog

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Thank you, Anna for the great blog post! To read more from here blog, visit her at www.annalynnemartino.com!

Summer Professional Development Classes are Filling Up Quickly!

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Our Summer Professional Development classes are filling up quickly. Register today to make sure you get into your preferred course!

On-Site Training

Take one of our week long on-site courses in Pittsburgh, PA at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC). NREC is part of the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute, a world-renowned robotics organization, where you’ll be surrounded by real-world robot research and commercialization.

EV3 Professional Development
August 11 – 15, 2014

ROBOTC for LEGO / TETRIX
July 7 – 11, 2014
July 28 – August 1, 2014

ROBOTC for VEX CORTEX
August 4 – 8, 2014

Online Training

Enjoy the convenience of taking Robotics Academy courses without leaving your own computer workstation with our online classes.

EV3 Online Professional Development
July 14th – 18th, 2014
Monday – Friday for 1 Week
3-5:00pm EST (12-3:00pm PST)

ROBOTC Online Training for TETRIX
July 21st – 25th, 2014
Monday – Friday for 1 Week
3-5:00pm EST (12-3:00pm PST)

ROBOTC Online Training for VEX CORTEX
July 28th – August 1st, 2014
Monday – Friday for 1 Week
3-5:00pm EST (12-3:00pm PST)

ROBOTC Online Training for VEX IQ
August 11th – 15th, 2014
Monday – Friday for 1 Week
3-5:00pm EST (12-3:00pm PST)

NXT-G Online Professional Development
July 7th – 11th, 2014
Monday – Friday for 1 Week
3-5:00pm EST (12-3:00pm PST)

Our Professional Development courses provide teachers and coaches with a solid foundation for robot programming in the respective languages, and experience in troubleshooting common student mistakes. It also focuses on identifying and extracting academic value from the naturally occurring STEM situations encountered in robotics explorations. All participants who complete the course will receive a Robotics Academy Certification. Find out more here – Robotics Academy Professional Development

February Online Professional Development Courses

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February TrainingsWe have three online professional development courses coming up very soon!
We will be offering the following six-weeks online courses:

EV3 Online Professional Development
February 12th – March 19th, 2014
Wednesdays for 6 Weeks
7-9:00pm EST (4-6:00pm PST)

ROBOTC Online Training for LEGO / TETRIX
February 11th – March 18th, 2014
Tuesdays for 6 Weeks
7-9:00pm EST (4-6:00pm PST)

ROBOTC Online Training for VEX CORTEX
February 13th – March 20th, 2014
Thursdays for 6 Weeks
7-9:00pm EST (4-6:00pm PST)

Web Training graphicOur Professional Development courses provide teachers and coaches with a solid foundation for robot programming in the respective languages, and experience in troubleshooting common student mistakes. It also focuses on identifying and extracting academic value from the naturally occurring STEM situations encountered in robotics explorations. Find out more here – Robotics Academy Professional Development

Classes are filling up quick, so sign up today!

 

 

 

Botline: Robotics Summer of Learning

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This summer, students have the opportunity to learn how to program robots, design games, animate stories, and earn a chance to win $10K in prizes and scholarships for free and all online!

VEX “Toss Up”

CS2N’s VEX Toss Up challenges you to program your autonomous virtual robot with ROBOTC to score as many points as possible, via scoring or locking BuckeyBalls and large balls, as well as hanging from a colored bar!

FTC “Ring It Up!”

CS2N’s FTC “Ring It Up!” challenges you to program your autonomous virtual robot with ROBOTC to score as many points as possible, via hanging rings on the center or corner post hangers and placing rings on the red floor tiles!

Animation Competition

“Nature Doc-u-mentary,” asks students to write a creative narrative and make an animated documentary using either Scratch or Alice 2.0. By using storytelling and animation as a motivator, students learn the importance of the design process while using interactive programming software.

Game Design Challenge

“Beacons and Barriers”, will have users focus on creating levels for a virtual robot to navigate through. They will use the Model Importer, included in Robot Virtual Worlds, to create objects to serve as checkpoints and obstacles.

CS2N has free software and courses. Sign up today!

Software and training will be provided for free throughout the summer. Students will have 24/7 access to the online course materials, as well as professional support from developers of the software and curriculum. There will be over $10,000 in prizes available to participants in the challenges, including free software, robot kits, and college scholarships. The Robotics Summer of Learning kicks off on June 1 and runs to September 1, 2013.

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Our Professional Development courses provide teachers and coaches with a solid foundation for robot programming in the respective languages, and experience in troubleshooting common student mistakes. It also focuses on identifying and extracting academic value from the naturally occurring STEM situations encountered in robotics explorations. Classes are available on-site or online.

Classes are filling up quick, so sign up today!

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2013 Spring and Summer Online training schedule released!

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The Robotics Academy has released the Spring and Summer Online Training schedule for 2013. Take a look below for the dates:

  • NXT Professional Development
    • February session (6-weeks once a week)
      • February 6th – March 13th (Wednesdays for 6 Weeks)
      • 6:00pm to 8:00pm EST (3:00pm to 5:00pm PST)
      • Register by January 23rd, 2013
    • July Session (5 consecutive days)

      • July 15th-19th, 2013 (Monday-Friday for 1 Week)
      • 3:00pm to 5:00pm EST (12:00pm to 2:00pm PST)
      • Register by July 1st, 2013
    • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for NXT Professional Development
  • ROBOTC for LEGO / TETRIX
    • February session (6 weeks once a week)

      • February 5th-March 12th, 2013 (Tuesdays for 6 Weeks)
      • 6:00pm-8:00pm EST (3:00pm-5:00pm PST)
      • Register by January 22nd, 2013
  • ROBOTC for VEX CORTEX
    • February session (6 weeks once a week)

      • February 7th – March 14th, 2013 (Thursdays for 6 Weeks)
      • 5:00pm-7:00pm EST (2:00pm-5:00pm PST)
      • Register by January 24th, 2013
    • July session (5 consecutive days)
      • July 29th – August 2nd, 2013 (Monday-Friday for 1 week)
      • 3:00pm-5:00pm EST (12:00pm – 2:00pm PST)
      • Register by July 8th, 2013
    • CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for ROBOTC for VEX CORTEX

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Written by Vu Nguyen

January 21st, 2013 at 3:59 pm

8 Practices in the Next Gen Science and Engineering Standards

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As I continue to read the Next Gen Science and Engineering Standards I found that the standard developers have identified 8 practices that they see as esssential elements in k-12 science and engineering curriculum:

  1. Asking

    questions (science) and defining problems (for engineering)

  2. Developing and use models
  3. Planning and carrying out investigations
  4. Analyzing and interpreting data
  5. Using mathematics and computational thinking
  6. Constructing explanations (science) and designing solutions (engineering)
  7. Engaging in argument from evidence
  8. Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

There is more detail provided in the 8 practices link above, is there anyone that is interested in helping to develop a guide for new robotics teachers trying to align their program to the new science and engineering standards. If you are interested send me an email at rshoop(at)cmu.edu. Regards, Robin

 

Written by Robin Shoop

May 31st, 2012 at 12:50 pm

2012 Summer On-Site training schedule

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The Robotics Academy has just released the Summer On-site Training schedule for 2012. Take a look below for the available sessions:

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  • June 25th – June 29th, 2012 (Monday-Friday for 1 Week)
    • Register by June 11th, 2012
  • July 23rd – July 27th, 2012 (Monday-Friday for 1 Week)
  • ROBOTC for LEGO / TETRIX
    CLICK HERE for more details about ROBOTC for LEGO / TETRIX training

    • July 9th – 13th, 2012 (Monday-Friday for 1 Week)
      • Register by June 25th, 2012
    • July 30th – August 3rd, 2012 (Monday-Friday for

      1 Week)

      • Register by July 16th, 2012
  • ROBOTC for VEX PIC and CORTEX
    CLICK HERE for more details about ROBOTC for VEX PIC and CORTEX training

    • July 16th – 20th, 2012 (Monday-Friday for 1 Week)
      • Register by July 2nd, 2012
    • August 6th – 10th, 2012 (Monday-Friday for 1 Week)
      • Register by July 23rd, 2012
  • For  questions about payment, please email customerservice@robomatter.com.

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