Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy

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

Mission and Impact

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy studies how educators can use robots to teach Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (CS-STEM). Our mission is to use the educational affordances of robotics to create CS-STEM opportunities for all learners. We fulfill our mission by developing research-based solutions that are classroom-tested and foreground CS-STEM concepts. 

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Certified Teacher Training

As a world leader in robotics education, the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy and has trained thousands of teachers and coaches internationally. Our professional development courses equip educators with both the content and pedagogical knowledge needed to successfully implement robotics programs. All training and professional development courses allow educators to earn a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Certification, simultaneously providing valuable continuing education credits and enabling them to offer our certifications to their students. 



All onsite 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 anywhere in the world through live 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 (REV DUO)
Mechanical Foundations (VEX V5)
Electrical Foundations (Arduino)`
Fabrication Foundations



On Demand

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

Virtual Robotics Curriculum

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 FACILITATE
SMART Robotics Technician Changing Culture in Robotics Classrooms
The Robot Algebra Project Building a Theory of Badges for CS Education


The Carnegie Mellon Robotic Academy team is located within 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.