Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy

Use educational affordances of robotics to create CS-STEM opportunities for all learners

Fully Online Virtual Robotics Curriculum:

Coding and Computational Thinking with Virtual SPIKE Prime curriculum features a programming interface and virtual robot embedded directly within the curriculum. Teachers and students can follow along with the included videos, animations, challenges, and step-by-step lessons designed to help beginners learn coding and computational thinking. Learn More >

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Training & Professional Development

All training and professional development courses allow educators to earn a certification from the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, which is also widely accepted as continuing education credits. 



All training is conducted at the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) in Pittsburgh, PA. 
LEGO SPIKE Prime (Scratch)
VEX V5 (VEXcode C++)
VEX IQ (VEXcode Blocks)

Live Online

Learn from a Robotics Academy instructor from anywhere in the world through interactive sessions. (Live sessions are recorded)
LEGO SPIKE Prime (Scratch)
VEX V5 & EXP (VEXcode C++)
VEX IQ (VEXcode Blocks)

Anytime Online

Learn from anywhere in the world, and at your own pace, with the support of a Robotics Academy instructor. 
Mechanical Foundations (VEX V5)
Electrical Foundations (Arduino)
Fabrication Foundations
LEGO EV3 (EV3 Classroom)

On Demand

 Robotics Academy instructors will offer classes customized for your educators at your site or online. 

The Robotics Academy is a frontrunner in CS-STEM Education Research. Below is a list of different research projects which have led to the development of many of our curricula and technologies:

Player-Programmed-Partner Games RD-AIM-HIRE
Computer Science STEM Network Building a Theory of Badges for Computer Science Education
S.M.A.R.T Changing Culture in Robotics Classrooms
The Robot Algebra Project


Carnegie Mellon’s Robotic Academy staff and development team are housed in the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), where robots for business, government, and industry are designed, prototyped, and tested just outside our office doors. The NREC is part of the Carnegie Mellon University - Robotics Institute, a world-renowned robotics organization.