CMRA News (2017-2019 Archive)Below is an archive of all of our events and activities from 2017-2019!
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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