LEGO Robotics Engineering & Coding
We inspire confidence and creativity with STEM, and prepare students to pursue self-directed, off-screen creative problem solving with their robot!
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NEW: build/program at home with our Robot Academy Arduino LEGO Robot
For 1/3 the price of a LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics set (although we teach with those too!) you can get our Arduino LEGO robot that has the same sensors, uses the same programming languages (Scratch and Python), and is compatible with all the LEGO and LEGO TECHNIC parts you have at home thanks to our custom modifications.
Comprehensive and Engaging STEM / STEAM learning has never been this fun, easy, or cost-effective!
Solve Real-World Engineering Challenges by building with LEGO and coding with Scratch or Python
Don’t just build cool things. Build cool things that really work!
Our world-class instructors demonstrate each challenge interactively, along with the key engineering concepts that students will be utilizing.
Our curriculum is hands-on, evidence-based, and designed to inspire countless hours of independent inventing/coding. We aren’t just teaching skills – we aim to jumpstart an extracurricular hobby and ignite a lifelong passion for STEM.
Ages 7-14 Learn & Play Online (and offline) with Like-Minded Peers
The Live Interactive aspect of our our camps/lessons enables students to:
a) Share LEGO robot tips & tricks
b) Get help with their robotics engineering projects so that they don’t get stuck or discouraged
c) Make LEGO-loving friends!
Individualized Instruction from Adult Engineering Mentors
Ryan is an Applied Engineering Science Major at Michigan State University in his Senior year. He was in First Lego League since he was a 2nd grader and competed for 8 years. Ryan loves problem solving and finding new outside the box ways to think. He got into STEM at a very young age and would like to do the same for other kids. He has a passion for helping kids with their education. Ryan also like to spend his free time playing sports, dirt biking through the woods and programming games and apps.
Keaton is an Electrical Engineering student at Case Western Reserve University, currently in his Senior year. His love of
LEGOs growing up heavily influenced his choice of major. He enjoys working with arduinos in
both circuits and robotics labs at CWRU, where he is also a pitcher on the CWRU baseball team.
He loves to mentor younger students and is an assistant coach for The Rawlings Tigers 17U
baseball team in Westerville. A big Star Wars fan, Keaton’s favorite LEGO sets to construct
were the Sandcrawler and the Ewok Village. He is excited to share his experience and interest in
robotics and LEGOs with the students participating in the Robotics Summer Camps and online!
David is a Mechanical Engineering Junior at George Fox University. All throughout grade school, he participated in First Lego League as both a team leader and later in high school and college as an Assistant Coach. When not working on School work or helping with Lego robotics, David works as a Lab Technician in the Prototype Lab where he helps train new students how to use the 3D printers and other machines in the lab. David is a huge Star Wars fan with fond memories of building Lego sets with his dad and play Lego Star Wars games for the first time. This love of Star Wars has led to many projects using Arduinos and Lego EV3s based around the franchise (Lego R2D2 was a more recent one). In general, he loves teaching students the fun side of Engineering and how to look at the world through an engineering mindset and is excited to share his experience in Lego robotics and engineering with students at Robot Academy.
Melissa is a candy-bar powered student at Utah State University dual majoring in Marketing and Computer Science. She has a passion for STEM education and has worked with inventions, maker clubs, electronics, and junk drawer robotics. She mentored the Utah BAPC First Lego League team and has been the recipient of several technical awards including national NCWIT and IJSHS. When not experimenting with robots, she spends her time Irish dancing, baking, and rock climbing.
Sahithi is studying Engineering at Boston College. She has 7 years of FIRST robotics experience, 4 years on her High School FTC team called Moderately Confused and 3 in FLL. As a part of FLL team Robot Rights, Sahithi travelled to the Ohio State championships and World Festival many times. Her team was Global Innovation Semi-finalists in 2015 and Ohio State Champions in 2017. They even won a first place inspiration award at the FLL World Festival in 2017. Sahithi now competes on the FTC team Moderately Dangerous, and has led her team to the Ohio State Championship twice as Software Lead and Drive Coach. She teaches at Kumon as a math and reading instructor for ages 3-16 and volunteers with the Columbus Zoo summer camps. Sahithi has won awards through NUMATs gifted awards, the Verizon app challenge, and was named a Dean’s List Semi-finalist in 2020. She has taken STEM related classes in and out of school, and mentors multiple FLL teams. Sahithi is passionate and immensely excited to encourage young kids to experience the fun of robotics!
Matthew graduated from Lehigh University with an Electrical Engineering and Product Design major. Matthew has been building robots since his sophomore year in high school, when he founded his school’s robotics club and VEX robotics team. Since then, Matthew has developed the “Robotics Crash Course,” a two-week middle school science curriculum about building Arduino robots from scratch. Matthew was also the chair of the STEAM department at the Academy of Creative Education in 2018, and worked as a Product Engineering Co-Op at Crayola in Fall 2019, designing custom 3D models to assist with testing and the product development process. His upcoming book Arduino for Artists explores using programming and electronics to facilitate artistic expression. Matthew is passionate about STEAM and design, and is excited to help students learn to make anything they can dream of!
Competition advice From FIRST LEGO League World Champions
Michael Vawter (aka “The Robot Guy”) won 1st place out of 10,000 teams from 39 countries at the FIRST LEGO League robotics competition two years in a row, was inducted into the National Gallery for Young Inventors, and has published peer-reviewed vision science.
Michael’s passion for LEGO robotics began at the age of 9 when he got his first LEGO MINDSTORMS set. He built a robot that turned off his bedroom lights automatically, which saved him from getting in trouble for leaving them on. As a middle schooler, Michael was lead programmer, builder, tester, and handler for the MindStorm Troopers FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team. They competed for four years, becoming the first (and only?) team to win 1st place Robot Performance at the FLL World Festival two years in a row. Michael later co-founded the Robot Academy and has taught thousands of students how to master LEGO robotics. He’s been featured in Popular Science Magazine, and was on TV with Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Michael graduated from Denison University in 2014 and went on to earn a master’s degree in entrepreneurship and innovation from Seton Hill. He has continued to contribute to the FLL community by serving as a judge and referee at the state and world level. He has also coached and mentored teams of his own (some of whom have won international titles of their own). In his ongoing career as a robotics teacher, Michael helps students and teachers to analyze and solve technological problems more creatively by integrating their right-brain and left-brain capacities.
Gail enjoys mentoring Invention and Robotics competitions. She is the Co-founder and Owner of Robot Academy. She holds degrees in Computer Science and Economics from Denison University, as well as an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has worked in the Information Technology industry for over 20 years, but her passion is for helping young students to get excited about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). She is a partner of Ohio Girl Scouts and speaks to organizations about Success with Girls and STEM. As a teacher and coach of student science teams, her teams placed first and second place on a National (and International) level numerous times as well as placing National Finalists with various Invention Competitions: US Army’s eCybermission (3 times), FIRST’s Global Innovation Awards (2 times), NSTA/Toshiba ExploraVision, National Inventors Hall of Fame, NASA’s Space Day (2 times) and FIRST Lego League (2 times). Her team’s accomplishments have been recognized by the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives. We incorporate this knowledge into our curriculum and help kids design brilliant inventions for a fun virtual invention competition or mock shark tank at camps. Robot Academy teaches online and in-person LEGO Robotics for Arduino and LEGO MINDSTORMS. We also sell our curriculum to schools to inspire the young students about STEM. It is a blast.
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3 Ways to Participate in our hands-on online programs
(1) Already Have a Robot?
Choice of using LEGO MINDSTORMS (EV3 or Robot Inventor set (51515), or a Robot Academy Arduino LEGO robot. If you’re not sure whether or not your robot is compatible with our curriculum, call/email to make sure your robot will work: firstname.lastname@example.org |
(2) Hardware Bundle: Online Lessons and Robot Academy Arduino LEGO Robot - Free Shipping to US, Canada and most countries!
The Robot Academy Arduino LEGO Robot comes with color and distance sensors, and can be driven via remote control or programmed using Scratch or Python. Thanks to our custom modifications, you can use any LEGO (or LEGO Technic/Mindstorms) parts you already own to expand your robot’s capabilities! The set will arrive prior to your online program, and it’s yours to keep! Our programs ignite a passion for independent exploration and inventing, so you can expect that your student will still be using the robot long after our sessions have concluded. Just add the Arduino LEGO Robot at checkout and we will ship it to you ASAP. Free shipping worldwide (up to $50 shipping/VAT/Customs).
(3) Hardware Bundle: Online lessons and LEGO Robot Inventor Set (51515) - Free Shipping to anywhere in the U.S.
LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor (EV4) provides 4 motors for endless possibilities. Build, code with scratch, and play with Robot Inventor. Just add the Robot Inventor set at checkout and we will ship it to you ASAP.
Parents can relax (or get work done) while kids build and program
We don’t just entertain/enrich our students during class… our interactive online STEM classes inspire kids to work with their robot on their own as well, which means hours of off-screen engagement.
Our programs are approved as qualified expenses for the Dependent Care Reimbursement Program.