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 (On-site) 

In this 5-day face-to-face teacher training, you will work with the world leaders in robotics education to learn how to teach programming and STEM using the LEGO SPIKE Prime. 

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This training course offers a range of benefits for teachers and coaches who want to teach robotics and STEM concepts using the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime robot and Scratch-based programming software. The course is particularly well-suited for teachers and coaches who are new to programming and wish to learn the fundamentals of robot programming as well as the pedagogy associated with CS-STEM concepts. However, experienced teachers with programming and robotics backgrounds will also benefit from the course, especially with its focus on the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime, hands-on practice in troubleshooting student errors, and integration of STEM concepts.

Educators will learn how to leverage our research-based curricula including Coding and Computational Thinking with LEGO SPIKE Prime as well as Coding and Computational Thinking with Virtual SPIKE Prime in their own classrooms. Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion stating 36 professional development hours in areas including robotics and coding. Teachers and coaches may also complete the included certification exam, and in doing so, become an official Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Certified Educator, authorizing them to offer similar rigorous and evidence-based certifications to their students. 

Supported Competitions and Programs

Teachers and coaches who support students in robotics competitions, such as FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and World Robot Olympiad (WRO), will find the course invaluable for gaining knowledge, techniques, and community. The course offers a practical approach to learning, with a focus on hands-on activities and problem-solving exercises that will help educators better understand the concepts and develop effective teaching strategies.

Alignment with Standards

Our courses are aligned to:

  • Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) Standards
  • National Research Council Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Common Core Mathematics Standards (CCSS)
  • College Board Computer Science Principles (CSP) Framework
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCELA)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards
  • International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Standards

By taking this course, teachers can gain a range of benefits, including customizable learning, networking opportunities, and the chance to earn professional development credits and a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Certification. Most importantly, the course empowers teachers to effectively teach robotics and CS-STEM concepts, helping their students develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills that are essential for success in the 21st-century workforce.


I thought the course did a great job explaining all of the fundamental concepts of SPIKE Prime. Mrs. Porter was great with answering all of our questions and I found the virtual platform to be really well put together.

Syllabus (subject to change)

Session 1: Introduction

– Pedagogy
– Course Logistics
– LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime
– Programming Software
– Downloading and Running Code
– Programming the Hub
– Moving Forward


Session 2: Moving & Mathematics

– LEGO® Education SPIKE Prime Programs
– Robot Math: Proportionality and Movement
– Movement and Turning
– Arm Control
– Movement Challenges


Session 3: Robot Sensors

– What is a robot?
– Sensors: Distance, Color, and Force
– 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




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.


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.