Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy

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


Robotics Academy Certified Training for  LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime (Online)

This course utilizes the  LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime hardware and software (not included with registration). However, you can utilize CMRA's Virtual SPIKE Prime if you do not have a physical SPIKE Prime available (single license included with registration)!

This LEGO SPIKE Prime Training course focuses on learning how to program the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime robot using the Scratch-based programming software.

The course also covers how to use robotics as an organizer to teach CS-STEM (Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts. A headset is highly recommended in order to participate in the course. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Hours (ACT for PA residents) and a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Certification by completing various assignments throughout the course.

This course is best suited for teachers and coaches with little or no programming experience who would like to learn both the fundamentals of robot programming and pedagogy associated with the accompanying STEM concepts. However, teachers with programming and robotics experience will find the class valuable for its focus on the  LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime specifically, practice in troubleshooting student errors, and STEM integration aspects.

Syllabus (subject to change)

Session 1: Introduction

- Course Concepts
- Pedagogy
- Course Logistics
- LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime
- Programming Software
- Downloading and Running Code

Session 2: Moving, Mathematics, and Sensors

LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime Programs
– Robot Math: Proportionality and Movement
– Movement and Turning
– Movement Challenges
– Sensors Part 1

Session 3: Robot Sensors (Continued)

– What is a robot?
– Sensors Part 2
– Program Flow
– Robot Decision Making: “Wait for…” Behaviors
– Sensor Challenges

Session 4: Decision Making

– Loops
– If-Else/Decisions
– Repeated Decisions: Discrete
– Repeated Decisions: Continuous
– Obstacle Detection and Line Following

Session 5: Planning and Troubleshooting

– Troubleshooting for Student Understanding
– Planning, Pseudocode, and Process
– Search and Rescue Challenge
– Using CS2N for our Classrooms

The following items are needed in order to take this course:

  1. LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime Robot Kit – Sold Separately (Robotics Kit)
    1. If you do not have a physical robot, you can use the Virtual SPIKE Prime (single license included with your registration) to complete the course!
  2. Programming Software (Scratch-based Software) (Programming Software)

System Requirements

  • An up-to-date Windows PC, Mac, Chromebook, Android Tablet, or iPad compatible with the SPIKE Prime programming software and Zoom video conferencing software
  • An up-to-date Internet Browser
  • An available USB port or Bluetooth for robot connectivity
  • A Headset or microphone (to join in on the discussions!)
  • A broadband Internet connection

Additional Materials

– Black electrical tape
– Hard, flat, blank surface approximately 4′ x 4′ in size.
– Yard or Meter stick
– Hardcover books (or other objects to act as obstacles)
– Colored items (to use with color sensor)

Tuition Cost - $599

Use the links to the top/right to register or checkout instantly. 

Upon Completion

– ACT 48 credits / 36 hours per class (for Pennsylvania teachers only)
– Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Certification of course ‘graduates’ – may be used to apply for Continuing Education hours


We will only use personal information (such as name, mailing address or e-mail address) contained in your registration or correspondence to respond to your questions or provide Robotics Academy updates. If you enter a chat area or post messages, remember that other users may have access to your email address and user name. The Robotics Academy will not share any personal information provided by you with any unauthorized person or company except where the disclosure is required by law or is necessary to comply with legal process.

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.

Class Eligibility

Classes at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy are available to individuals who are at least 18 years of age. 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.


Purchasing a seat to online classes gives access to one participant only. Resources distributed as part of the class are for use of the participant only. Purchase Orders are also acceptable. Please contact the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy at for information about registering for the course, payment for the course, or if the course will be held.  Please email if you have questions about the content of the course.

Internet Access / Bandwidth Fees

The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy is not responsible for any internet access or bandwidth fees you incur while taking this class.

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.

Copyrighted Class Material

All course documents are owned by the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy. These materials may not be reprinted in any form except those specified for instructional purposes. The course documents and presentations may be displayed and printed for personal, non-commercial use only. Only students registered for this course may access this material. The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy makes every effort to provide accurate and up-to-date content. However, we have no liability for the accuracy, content, or accessibility of the hyperlinks included with class material.

The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy will host materials including live session recordings and presentations for up to one year from the completion of the course. Participants are expected to download these materials for their long-term reference. 

Use of Student Material

The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy reserves the right to use coursework done by students for the purpose of advancing the educational mission of the Academy. When this occurs, students will be given the option to have their name credited to the material. This includes, but is not limited to, text, graphics, multimedia and other material created as part of the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy online course assignments.


You agree to indemnify and hold the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy harmless from any and all losses, actions, controversies, suits, demands, claims, liabilities or any causes of action whatsoever. You expressly agree that the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy is not responsible or liable for any infringement of another’s rights, including intellectual property rights.

Note: Policies are subjected to occasional revisions.