Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy

Use the motivational effects of robotics to excite students about STEM

Innovation First VEX robots - A pre-engineering foundation

VEX Robots help students unlock the power of their imagination by designing and constructing remote-controlled robotic devices that can lift, throw, climb, gather and expand the boundaries of experimental intelligence. The system gives young people a fun, new way to learn about STEM subjects. By working together to create robots that perform exciting challenges, they also gain valuable problem-solving and team-building skills.

ROBOTC enables programmers to program either VEX EDR or VEX IQ robots and has three settings, ROBOTC Graphical, ROBOTC Natural Language, and full ROBOTC which are designed to provide a scaffolded learning environment from elementary school through advanced programmers.

1. Decide what it is that you want to teach using robotics

2. Choose a robot platform that is right for your instructional goals –
(Are you building a multi-year program or an introductory program? Are you going to engage your students in competitions? Does the robot platform choice need to grow with your instructional goals?)

3. Select a programming software that aligns with your instructional goals

4. Develop a curriculum continuum that makes sense for your schools learning objectives

5. Develop a professional development plan that will support high-quality instruction for all students

6. Order kits, software, curriculum, and storage solutions – (Planning for storing your robots is important!)

7. Schedule training – (This can be self-paced via an online training course, or face to face training)

8. Dedicate time to practice building and programming with the new technology

9. Prepare lesson plans – (Comprehensive lesson plans are included in the Carnegie Mellon curriculum)