Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy

Use the motivational effects of robotics to excite students about STEM

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Robotics Academy Certified Training for LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime (On-site) 


IMPORTANT NOTICE: 
Due to COVID-19, we may be limiting the seats to 10 participants per session  in order to social distance. Feel free to contact us at cmra@nrec.ri.cmu.edu if you have any questions. Stay safe!

This 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.

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 professional development credits 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
- Scratch-based Classroom Software
- Downloading and Running Code
- CMRA's Virtual Robot Curriculum

Session 2: Moving, Mathematics and Sensors

LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime Hardware
– SPIKE Prime Programs
– Robot Math: Proportionality and Movement
– Movement and Turning
– MyBlocks
– 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

– Data Logging Investigation
– Loops
– Switches
– 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
– Bonus: Data Flow and Logic


 

 

Requirements

Class attendees use Robotic Academy’s computers, robot kits, curriculum, and programming software during the week. No extra purchases of any hardware or software for this course are necessary.
If you would like to purchase additional LEGO Robotics Education materials, you can do so by visiting the LEGO Education Store.

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.

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.

Payment

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 cmra@nrec.ri.cmu.edu for information about registering for the course and payment for the course. Please email if you have questions about the content of the course.

Refunds

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.

Indemnification

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.