Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy

Use educational affordances of robotics to create CS-STEM opportunities for all learners


Does your student want to have fun learning how to program a robot (or cobot!) for FREE this summer? 

Starting in June 2023, students will have access to a course with videos from a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy instructor teaching students how to program a robot. Students will learn concepts like Robot Movement, Sensors, Loops, Program Flow, and Proportional Math while earning badges on our CS-STEM Network.

To be both safe and flexible with everyone's summer plans, our instructors will answer questions we collect asynchronously. All recordings and course content will be delivered through our CS-STEM Network ( Sessions are most appropriate for students entering grades 3 through 7, but older and younger students are welcome to join in the fun. 

No Robot? We've got you covered.
All students who participate will get free access to our Virtual SPIKE Prime Curriculum. 

Our Virtual Robot Curriculum features a programming interface and virtual robot embedded directly within the lessons. Students can follow along with the included videos, animations, challenges, and step-by-step lessons using a fully virtual solution. The Virtual Robot Curriculum runs through the web browser on Windows PC, Mac, and Chromebook laptops (tablets and phones are not currently supported). 


If you'd like to check out how the software runs on your device, we have a free Virtual SPIKE Prime badge available on our CS-STEM Network

Cost: FREE! Yep, you read that right.
Schedule: At your own pace!

CMRA Instructors will post class recordings that introduce new topics, connect what the students are learning to real-world robots, and answer questions we receive for the duration of the Summer of Learning. Students can access those recordings and complete the activities anytime and anyplace through September 2023. The CS-STEM Network hosts curricula and activities created by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy. Students with little-to-no background experience can easily follow along with these scaffolded instructions. All are research-based, align with standards, and focus on the development of STEM skill sets.

New Summer 2023! Cobot Coding Games

In Cobot Coding Games, you play alongside a collaborative robot (aka "cobot") that you can code to suit your playstyle and accomplish the goals in the game. The better code you give your cobot, the better you can do in the games!

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About Badges

The CS-STEM Network uses a badge-based system to define educational pathways. Badges are earned by completing activities, passing quizzes, and uploading evidence. All work accomplished during the Summer of Learning can be shared with friends and family.


How do I sign my student up?

  1. Make sure that your student has access to a Windows PC, Mac, or Chromebook laptop with an up-to-date web browser. 
  2. All of the Robotics Academy Summer of Learning content will be delivered through our Learning Management System, the CS-STEM Network (
    1. The programs that participants write using the Virtual Robot Curriculum can help our research team better understand how to support teachers as they troubleshoot robots with their own students. No personally identifiable information is gathered for this research, and participation has no impact on access to the Summer of Learning materials.
    2. If you do not wish to participate in this research, please create a free account for your student so that they will be able to access the materials. No personally identifiable information is necessary when creating the CS-STEM Network account. 
    3. If you do wish to participate in this research, simply register below. We will provide fully anonymized login credentials for the CS-STEM Network.
  3. Click here to register!


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