Robotics Academy Certified Training for the Arduino (Parallax Shield-Bot, Online)
FREE Parallax Shield-Bot (courtesy of Parallax) when you register for this training! See details below**.
To follow along with this course, you will need access to the Parallax Shield-bot hardware, the Arduino IDE and a Pixy2 camera (Instructions below). In this web-based teacher training, you will learn to teach programming and STEM using robotics. Tuition includes online access to CS2N and Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Training Materials.
This course focuses on learning how to teach programming, basic electronics, and additional STEM concepts using the Arduino Uno powered Parallax Shield-bot. You can earn a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Certification by completing various assignments throughout the course and passing an exam. The Certification may be used as evidence for continuing education credits.
** To get your free Parallax Shield-Bot, complete Parallax's Free Robot Claim Form after you register for the training. Please allow one week for Parallax to ship your Shield-Bot in time for training. Also, note that you will need a Pixy2 (CMUcam5) which can be purchased at https://pixycam.com/buy/.
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Certificate of Completion Requirements
To earn the Certification, class attendees must complete all homework assignments to the satisfaction of the instructor and pass the certification exam.
Classes at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy are available to individuals who are at least 18 years of age and minors who have parental consent to enroll. The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy reserves the right to restrict, suspend or terminate any student for violation of these policies. In consideration of your involvement with the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy you agree to provide true, accurate and current information about yourself when you register. If you provide any information that is inaccurate or if the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy has reasonable grounds to suspect the information is inaccurate, the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy has the right to terminate your account.
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Internet Access / Bandwidth Fees
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International Export Controls
International enrollment is subject to applicable United States export controls and laws.
The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy will offer partial refunds for tuition expenses only if class registrants contact us prior to the beginning of the first class.
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Note: Policies are subjected to occasional revisions.
Session 1: Technology Testbed
Simple Arduino Sketches
Shield-Bot & Board of Education Shield
Session 2: Shield-Bot & Open-loop navigation
- Assembly diagrams
- Open-loop (timed) movements
- Modifying programs
- Modifying mechanisms
Session 3: Robotic navigation
- Sensor module: Pixycam
- Sensing vs. Perception
- 2D coordinate systems
- Pseudocoding: Planning programs
- Writing programs
Session 4/5: Sensors and Signals
- Electricity and signals
- Digital vs. Analog Inputs
- Whisker switches
- Electricity, conductivity, and sensing
- Light: Intensity
- Analog signals
- IR detector
- Light: Frequency
- Digital signals
- Checking for interference
- Multi-sensor navigation
The following items are required in order to take this course:
Robot Shield with Arduino
** To get your free Parallax Shield-Bot, complete Parallax's Free Robot Claim Form after you register for the training. Please allow one week for Parallax to ship your Shield-Bot in time for training.
Note: Requires five 1.5 V AA batteries, not included.
Computer System Requirements– Windows 7, 8 or 10 / Mac® OSX 10.8 or later
– Internet Explorer 9.0 or later / Mozilla Firefox® 18.0 or later / Safari 6 or later
– Adobe Reader 7 or later (Adobe Reader 9 included for PC)
– Two available USB ports for robot and optional headset
– Broadband internet connection
Additional Materials– Hard, flat, blank surface approximately 4′ x 4′ in size.
– Yard, Meter stick, or Tape measure
– Hardcover books (or other objects to act as obstacles)
– Plastic drink container ( or other containers)
– Colored items (to use with pixy2 camera)
Tuition Cost - $599Use the links to the top/right to register or checkout instantly.
– ACT 48 credits / 36 hours per class (for Pennsylvania teachers only)
– Certificate of Completion of course ‘graduates’ – may be used to apply for Continuing Education hours