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A Primer in Machine VisionCMRA is excited to share our Machine Vision micro-credential on CS2N. The Machine Vision micro-credential is designed to provide students with an understanding of how robots process information from a camera or vision sensor, and how that information can be used alongside a Machine Learning model to perform duties as complex as quality control inspection in a factory.
Virtual Site Visit Series: RE2 RoboticsOn April 7th, RE2 Robotics is the first company in the virtual series to volunteer their time to talk to students from around Pittsburgh about who they are, and topics like what the difference is between human-like robots vs industrial robots, and top 10 skills for a career in Robotics.
Merit Badge University runs 2021 sessions for the Robotics Merit Badge with Carnegie Mellon Robotics AcademyLast year's BSA Merit Badge University (MBU, offered through CMU's Alpha Phi Omega chapter) was unexpectedly cancelled due to the pandemic. This year, to still provide an opportunity for scouts to earn a badge, turned to remote/virtual methods. Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy has been offering the Robotics Merit Badge to scouts for the last few years, and this year was no exception.
SPIKE Prime Teacher Training - Registration is Open!The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy is thrilled to announce a brand new certified teacher training course with the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime robotics platform.
Three Pittsburgh area high schools kick off their 2021 cohort of students for SMARTThree high schools in the Pittsburgh area are set to officially kick off their 2021 cohort of students for the SMART pre-apprenticeship program. Clairton City High School, Perry High School, and North Hills High School will all began two of the five SMART Robotics Technician micro-certification courses.
Introduction to Programming VEXcode IQ Blocks CurriculumJust in time for the holidays, we have a gift for you! The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy is excited to release Introduction to Programming with VEXcode IQ, using the new VEXcode IQ Blocks programming software.
CMRA joins in discussion around the Manufacturing Workforce Challenge at IMTSEarlier this week we joined in the discussion at IMTS's online discussion about addressing the Manufacturing Workforce and the challenges that manufacturers face. The panel discussion was hosted by Hannover Fairs USA, Inc. on the IMTS Spark platform - a digital destination that hosts several exhibitions, talks, and demos every day.
New EV3 Classroom Curriculum introduces the new LEGO EV3 Programming Software!It's always so exciting to be able to announce more curriculum that we can provide for teachers! The new Introduction to Programming EV3 Classroom teaches coding, computational thinking, and problem-solving skills with the LEGO EV3 using the newly released EV3 Classroom software.
Big Changes to VEX IQ Teacher TrainingTo support educators, all future Live Online and On-site Training for the VEX IQ will be conducted using VEXcode IQ, the new programming environment provided by VEX Robotics. ROBOTC for VEX IQ Training will still be available through our Anytime Online Training format.
Become CMRA Certified based on your FRC Experience!Our hearts go out to the many members of the FIRST community who are not able to compete this year due to the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. We would like to help past and current participants of the FIRST Robotics Competition have evidence of the incredible amount they have learned by being on a team.
VEX Robotics Competition Participants can earn a CMRA CertificationStudent participants of the VEX Robotics Competition learn an incredible amount by being an active member on a team. Unfortunately, many postsecondary education providers and employers aren’t fully aware of how participation equates to what the students know and can do. To help close this gap, we are proud to offer student participants the opportunity to earn credentials endorsed by the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy.
Teach a Project-Based course aligned to Robotics Technician skills around fabricationWe are excited to announce the last of the series of SMART Professional Development courses: Fabrication Foundations Professional Development available through our Anytime Online Training.
Coding and Computational Thinking with VEX V5 Curriculum Just Released!The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy is thrilled to announce the release of a new, one of a kind, curriculum that teaches coding, computational thinking, and problem-solving skills with VEX V5.
Electrical Foundations Professional Development AvailableWe are excited to announce the Electrical Foundations Professional Development available through our Anytime Online Training. Electrical Foundations focuses on the foundational concepts around basic electricity and how circuits work.
Mechanical Foundations Professional Development Now LiveWe are delighted to continue to support educators with a brand new training course, certification, and format, Mechanical Foundations Professional Development available through Anytime Online Training.
The Story of One Robotics Academy GraduateTake a look at one Robotics Academy graduate's journey from taking one of CMRA's training courses, to getting invited to FIRST World Championship!
Free Curricula and online resourcesWe know it’s hard at the moment with everything that is going on. Educators all over the world are currently figuring out how to teach students remotely, and resources are being generated from many organizations to try to tackle this problem.
CMU's Merit Badge University returns for 2020CMU’s Merit Badge University returned for the 2020 year this past Saturday with several offerings for scouts to earn their merit badges. CMRA hosted 20 scouts who are well on their way to earning their Robotics Merit Badge.
Robeson County shows true southern hospitality during CMRA robotics trainingCarnegie Mellon Robotics Academy was recently down south, out and about in the great Robeson County, North Carolina! Tom and Curtis held simultaneous professional development training at St. Pauls Middle School and Littlefield Middle School, working with a total of 24 teachers altogether. Craving to bring STEM to their students with VEX IQ robots, everyone worked hard through two days of training, with very little to no prior knowledge.
CMRA Visits Spectrum Charter SchoolThe Robotics Academy team spent some time speaking to the students over at the Spectrum Charter School about “What is a robot?” and discussing what makes a robot, a robot! 32 students participated in the discussion and provided their own insights and experiences with robots.
Carnegie Robotics demonstrates stereoscopic sensors and other innovations during tour for studentsFounder and CEO John Bares gave students from Clairton City High School a tour of his Pittsburgh-based Robotics company, Carnegie Robotics. Carnegie Robotics specializes in creating advanced robotics sensors and platforms for all kinds of applications.
Premier Automation emphasizes to students their process of iterating design until reaching perfection for clientsThe students from New Castle were taken through the sections of the facilities that ranged from engineering, integration of components, robotics, electrical and panel manufacturing, and delivery/inventory areas. Staff members were willing and happily explained to the students what they were working on, or the equipment that they were using for the projects.
RedZone Robotics hosts local students to see technologies that can save cities millionsThe incredible team at RedZone Robotics hosted students from Phase 4 Learning Center to learn about what type of work that they do, and why they do it.
US Naval Sea Cadets Corps pushes to teach recruits about emerging technologiesThe U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps is on a mission to impact the lives of young Americans, known as cadets, through their STEM and Robotics educational programs. Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy was invited to come train a dozen adult volunteers from across the nation at the MITAGS Naval Training Center.
Will Allen Foundation collaborates with Clairton High School to offer Robotics Technician courseThe Will Allen Foundation and Clairton High School to begin offering the Electrical Foundations Micro-Certification course (one of the SMART Micro-Certification courses created by CMRA). The day kicked off with 25 students eager to learn from Will Allen about the goals of the program, and what the students will be doing as part of the course.
SMART Program becomes official PA Pre-Apprenticeship CertificationThe SMART Robotics Technician Pre-Apprenticeship program is a product of CMU’s Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy’s Smart Manufacturing and Advanced Robotics Training (SMART) project. Funded by ARM for its initial creation of the course materials, SMART targets the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes (KSA) identified by technicians at Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing companies.
RE2 Robotics Hosts Tour for local studentsSince 2001, RE2 Robotics has been committed to their primary mission: to develop innovative robotic technologies that save lives and improve quality of life. In August, RE2 hosted local students from several communities around Pittsburgh to learn about what their technicians do on a day-to-day basis, their skills, tools they use, and what kind of backgrounds they came from.
VEX EDR V5 Workshop in Salamanca, NYCarnegie Mellon Robotics Academy spent 2 days with teachers in Salamanca, NY to provide a crash course in VEX V5 robot building, programming, and competitions.
NSF Funds Research on a New Genre of Co-Robotic GamesA new research collaboration will create games where students play alongside teammates they’ve programmed themselves.
Brand New Arduino Robotics Training Course – Includes a FREE Robot!The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy is excited to announce a brand-new curriculum for use with the VEX EDR V5 Robotics System!
VEX EDR V5 Curriculum Available on the CS-STEM Network!The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy is excited to announce a brand-new curriculum for use with the VEX EDR V5 Robotics System!
LEGO EV3 Training in The BronxThroughout the month of July, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy was hosted in The Bronx, New York.
Phase 4's Best Buy Teen Tech Center kicks off Electrical Foundations trainingPhase 4 Learning Center’s Best Buy Teen Tech Center kicked off their Electrical Foundations training on Monday, June 3rd. Several teens gathered at the East Liberty location to go through the Electrical Foundations Micro-Certification course to begin building their Digital Portfolios.
VEX EDR V5 Crash Course in West VirginiaThis past week, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy spent a day at NASA’s Katherine Johnson IV&V Center, located in Fairmont, West Virginia.
SEEGRID hosts local students to learn about their autonomous pallet trucksThe SEEGRID site visit is a part of the SMART-Extended Reach (SMART-ER) project, which has students from underserved communities to go through a Micro-Certification course called Electrical Foundations.
Bossa Nova demonstrates shelf scanning robot to local Pittsburgh studentsBossa Nova Robotics, a robotics company that creates autonomous service robots for the global retail industry, hosted students from the Garfield Jubilee, Phase 4 Learning Center, and Auberle.
HEBI Robotics visits Garfield Jubilee, speaks of the birth of a new career: Robotics TechnicianHEBI Robotics’ vision is to help industry create new jobs that will need technicians to read diagrams, follow guidelines on assembling a particular design, and perform the necessary tasks to get a robot up and running. Not to mention the maintenance that would be involved with the robots. There will be plenty of tasks needed to deploy these robots at a large scale. And a skilled workforce will need to be developed.
Browne Academy educators spent a week with a CMRA trainer learning to program and teach with the VEX EDR V5 system.Browne Academy educators spent a full week with a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy trainer learning to program and teach with the VEX EDR V5 system. Next year, they intend to add new robotics courses for the middle school and have lower school teachers incorporate robotics into their classroom activities.
Loudoun County Continues to Expand Robotics ProgramLoudoun County is continuing its growth of their Robotics Program. This year, they intend on implementing the brand new VEX V5 system into their offerings in multiple high schools in hopes of having a continuum within their schools. Last year, CMRA held a training session to prepare over a dozen middle school teachers. With the high school programs, students coming into the high school will have the chance to incorporate robotics into their engineering design projects.
The Bridge of Pittsburgh - ResCare - Begins technical foundations trainingThe Bridge of Pittsburgh - ResCare - began training using Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy’s SMART Micro-Certifications on Monday as part of the SMART-Extended Reach (SMART-ER) project. Participants of the program are going through the Electrical Foundations Micro-Certification course, which focuses on concepts like wiring, series and parallel circuits, voltage, current, troubleshooting with a multimeter, and other circuits concepts.
CMU's Merit Badge University wraps up the 2019 training sessionsCMU’s 2019 Merit Badge University wrapped up this past Saturday by finishing the Architecture and Robotics classes. CMRA registered over a dozen robotics merit badges to scouts that had enrolled in the two-day-long sessions
Students learn what it would take to be an autonomous car technician“You’re on the edge of the beginning of a new industry”, says Autonomous Vehicles Service Manager, Joe Serbin, “In about five years, this industry is going to need tens of thousands, if not a hundred thousand technicians just to keep up.”
CMU's Merit Badge University gives scouts a chance to earn Merit BadgesEvery year, CMU’s chapter of Alpha Phi Kappa, the single most represented co-educational intercollegiate service organization in the US, hosts an event called Merit Badge University at Carnegie Mellon University’s campus. During this event, over 50+ scouts are invited to take half-day or day-long classes that offer the coveted merit badges upon completion.
SMART-ER Training kicks off at Garfield JubileeSMART - Extended Reach (SMART-ER), Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy's initiative that involves several Pittsburgh community organizations to teach students core technician skills kicked off on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at The Garfield Jubilee.
picoCTF - CMU Cyber Security CompetitionA computer security game for middle and high school students.
CMRA Summer with Circuits and ElectronicsSummer time is always a busy time for our group! Every year we host and train hundreds of teachers from all around the world. We are fortunate to meet these wonderful educators from around the world who share the same vision that we do - to motivate and excite students about CS and STEM!
CS-STEM Network: Changes in appearance and premium optionsWe’ve been busy making CS-STEM Network even better. The start of the school year is here, classes are starting, lessons plans are taking into effect, and we here at Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy are excited to show you all of the things we’ve been working on over the past few months with the CS-STEM Network.
Planning for the school year? Try Circuits, Boulder Math game, or Programming!Try out our new Circuits activity, teach proportional math using Boulder Math, or program robots! We’ll show you how to get started.
Loudoun County make a big push for robotics in its public schoolsLoudoun County envisions a regional VEX competition for the Northern Virginia area.
Using Robotics to Teach Computational Thinking PracticesHow can you make connections between what your students already know and what you want them to learn?
Free Robot Math Game that doesn’t require installationDo your kids guess and check their way through robot math problems?
Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy completed its 14th year of summer teacher training in 2017Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy completed its 14th year of summer teacher training in 2017
The Minister of Education of Thailand visits NRECThe Minister of Education of Thailand visits NREC.
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