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NEW: build/program at home with our custom Modded LEGO-Arduino mBot Robot Kit
For 1/3 the price of a LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics set (although we use those too!) you can get our Arduino 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 World-Class Adult Engineering Mentors
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 2011 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.
Nick is an electrical engineer who loves LEGO and has a background in marine robotics. He’s worked with remote operated vehicles that explore shipwrecks and other underwater seascapes. Originally from Massachusetts, he studied at UMass Amherst and now lives in Seattle with his girlfriend Emilia and their cat Norbert. Nick loves helping students to explore robotics and have fun with STEM.
Lea is a Mechanical Engineering major and Graphic Design minor at Michigan State University who loves combining creative problem solving and technical know-how. She has a passion for teaching kids about STEM, and throughout college has volunteered with MSU Science Theatre, traveling across Michigan to do science shows for kids. She has also lead Lego robotics and video game coding summer camps for children aged 8 – 11. In her free time, she likes to draw, sew, and play guitar.
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.
Matthew is an Electrical Engineering and Product Design student at Lehigh University. 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!
Sriram is a Computer Science major at the University of Connecticut and has been a Lead Instructor at both Kumon and CodeNinjas, teaching kids ages 6-16. Sriram has lead summer camps for students in both video game design as well as drone programming and he has a passion for legos and computer science. He has been building with Lego Robots for the past 7 years and has brought various Lego Robots to his high school invention showcase and has won awards for his creations. He has created apps as well as AWS websites and is an experienced programmer in languages such as Python, Java, and C. In his spare time, Sriram loves to play the drum set and learn new programming languages. Sriram loves to work with kids and is excited to help instill a life long passion for STEM!
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3 Ways to Participate in our hands-on online programs
(1) Already Have a Robot?
Use the Makeblock mBot, the new LEGO MIDNSTORMS Robot Inventor set (51515), the LEGO EV3 set, the LEGO NXT set, or a compatible Arduino 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: email@example.com |
(2) Hardware Bundle: Makeblock mBot LEGO/Arduino Robot with Robot Academy Technic Mod - Shipped to You!
The Makeblock mBot Arduino 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.
(3) Hardware Bundle: LEGO Robot Inventor Set (51515) - Shipped to You!
LEGO’s own robotics set is more expensive than the mBot, but it comes with lots of LEGO parts and 4 motors (the mBot comes with 2), so the possibilities are endless!
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.