Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy

Use the motivational effects of robotics to excite students about STEM

Available Curricula for VEX V5


This curriculum provides a structured sequence of programming activities in real-world project-based contexts. The projects are designed to get students thinking about the patterns and structure of not just robotics, but also programming and problem-solving more generally. This curriculum includes videos, animations, and step-by-step lessons designed to help learners foster Computational Thinking using the VEX V5 hardware and VEXcode programming software

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Mechanical Foundations focuses on mechanical concepts such as structural design, weight distribution, drivetrains, fastening, the relationship between speed and torque, and alternate methods of transferring motion such as linear slides and belts and pulleys. This curriculum familiarizes students with the foundational skills needed to understand how components come together and different use cases for creating motion. 

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Available Curricula for VEX IQ

The Introduction to Programming the VEX IQ Curriculum features lesson for the VEX IQ Microcontroller; the curriculum’s focus is to teach beginning programmers how to program using ROBOTC’s graphical programming environment. All of the challenges in the curriculum have are available in the Robot Virtual World simulation environment. The majority of the challenges found in this curriculum is simulated in the Robot Virtual World Curriculum Challenge Pack.

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The ROBOTC Intermediate Programming for VEX IQ includes programming lessons for text-based ROBOTC, engineering challenges, step-by-step videos, support material, and more. 

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Available Curricula for VEX EDR (Legacy)

The VEX Cortex Video Trainer is a multimedia-rich curriculum featuring lessons for the VEX Cortex Microcontroller; the curriculum’s focus is to teach how to program, but it also includes multi-faceted engineering challenges, step-by-step videos, and robotics engineering teacher support materials. The majority of the challenges found in the Cortex Video trainer have been simulated in the Robot Virtual World Curriculum Companion.

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The VEX 2.0 curriculum was developed for the VEX PIC hardware platform.  It is no longer available as a product, but many teachers like many of the lessons that are found with this VEX curriculum.  Click on ‘More Information’ button to preview the full curriculum.

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