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 the Arduino (Parallax Shield-Bot, On-site)

All participants will be provided with a FREE take-home Parallax Shield-bot.

In this teacher training, you will learn to teach programming and STEM using robotics and the Arduino IDE. Tuition includes the free Shield-bot and access to CS2N and Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Training Materials. The training also gives teachers the ability to teach, recognize and endorse students with some of our SMART badges.

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.


Session 1: Technology Testbed

  • Arduino Platform

  • Software

  • Simple Arduino Sketches

  • Shield-Bot & Board of Education Shield


Session 2: Shield-Bot  & Open-loop navigation

  • Assembly diagrams
  • Subsystems
  • 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
  • Self-parking

Session 4/5: Sensors and Signals

  • Electricity and signals
    • Digital vs. Analog Inputs
  • Whisker switches
    • Electricity, conductivity, and sensing
  • Phototransistor
    • Light: Intensity
    • Analog signals
  • IR detector
    • Light: Frequency
    • Digital signals
    • Checking for interference
  • Multi-sensor navigation

All participants will be provided with a FREE take-home Parallax Shield-bot.

Robot Shield with Arduino 

Pixy2 (CMUcam5)


Tuition Cost - $1099

Tuition includes 5 days of on-site training and use of Robotic Academy’s computers, robot kits, curriculum, and programming software during the week. You do not need to purchase any hardware or software for this course. Lunch is provided as part of tuition Monday through Thursday.

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)

Upon Completion

– 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

Class Eligibility

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


Purchasing a seat 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 and payment for the course. Please email if you have questions about the content of the course.


The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy will offer partial refunds for tuition expenses only if class registrants contact us prior to the class filling up. To be fair to the registrants in the sessions, we cannot give refunds once a class is full.

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.

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.