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NEW: build/program at home with our custom LEGO-Compatible Arduino 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!

Learn to code! Solve Real-World Engineering Challenges by building with LEGO and coding with SCRATCH

Don’t just build cool things. Build cool things that really work!

Watch “the Robot Guy” demonstrate each challenge along with key concepts. He won multiple world championships in LEGO Robotics, and has taught thousands of kids how to become INVENTORS. Ask questions, get help with your designs, and learn from other students’ accomplishments as well!

We offer coding and robotics projects for beginners and advanced students alike. Supported by an interactive online camp / class program.

Learn & Play with Like-Minded Peers

The Live Interactive aspect of camp enables students to:

a) share LEGO robot tips & tricks

b) get help with their robotics engineering projects

c) make robot-loving friends!

Students always have access to help when they need it. We always have at least 1 instructor per 6 students in our programs. 

What Parents Are Saying...

Thanks for all of your hard work and encouragement for the kids this week. It has been so fun to see what they are able to do in a virtual camp! Graham has also loved the chance to meet kids his age who are interested in the same things as he is and would like to participate again

Mother of 7-year-old

Finding this camp was like discovering gold-- we had been on the search locally for something like this to no avail. When I found Robot Academy had camps online, my son was beyond thrilled. His experience was fantastic and he enjoyed learning, sharing ideas and finding like-minded people. We are signing up for the upcoming camp and whatever future offerings there are! I hope you will continue the online format even after it's not necessary. We love joining you from Virginia. THANK YOU!

Pea Saunearth

Thank you so much. I haven’t seen him so happy in a while! He loves the idea of being in an advanced group. Everything he knows has been self-taught. He is excited about being with other like-minded kids so I appreciate all of the social time/sharing ideas in addition to the instruction! So nice!

Mother of 10-year-old

We love Robot Academy! Our son loves building LEGO and this camp helped our son not only improve his building skills but also learn some programming and robotics. He built some very cool designs and made friends. This is an online program so he learned with kids from across the country. The online program works very well and is quite hands-on. We highly recommend.

Janey La Joie

Student Project Examples

Optional Hardware Bundles

(with each of our online learning programs, you have the following 3 options for enrollment)

(1) Already Have a Robot?

Use the new LEGO Robot Inventor set (51515), the LEGO EV3 set, the LEGO NXT set, or a compatible Arduino robot. If you’re not sure, call/email to make sure your robot will work: info@robot-academy.com | (614) 769-7626

(2) Hardware Bundle: Arduino Bot with LEGO Capability

Our Arduino robot has color and distance sensors, and can be driven via remote control or programmed. Thanks to our custom modifications, you can use any LEGO parts you already own to expand your robot’s capabilities!​

(3) Hardware Bundle: LEGO Robot Inventor Set (51515)

LEGO’s own robotics set is more expensive, and features the same sensors and programming language as our Arduino bot. However, it comes with lots of LEGO parts and 4 motors, so the possibilities are endless!​

Meet The Robot Geniuses

(our team of ultra-talented adult instructors)

Lea

Position: Online Robot Genius

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.

Lea

Online Robot Genius

Lea is a Mechanical Engineering major and Graphic Design minor at Michigan State University who loves combining creative problem solving […]

“The Robot Guy”

Position: Head Instructor

Michael Vawter was lead programmer, builder, tester, and handler for the MindStorm Troopers FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team. They competed for four years, becoming the first team to win 1st place Robot Performance at the FLL World Festival two years in a row. Michael co-founded the Robot Academy and has taught thousands of students how to master LEGO robotics. He’s been featured in Popular Science Magazine, was on TV with Bill Nye the Science Guy, and was inducted into the National Gallery for Young Inventors. He published peer-reviewed psychophysics research at Denison University in 2011 and went on to earn a master’s degree in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Michael 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.

“The Robot Guy”

Head Instructor

Michael Vawter was lead programmer, builder, tester, and handler for the MindStorm Troopers FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team. They competed for […]

Melissa

Position: Online Robot Genius

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.

Melissa

Online Robot Genius

Melissa is a candy-bar powered student at Utah State University dual majoring in Marketing and Computer Science. She has a passion […]

Matthew

Position: Online Robot Genius

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!

Matthew

Online Robot Genius

Matthew is an Electrical Engineering and Product Design student at Lehigh University. Matthew has been building robots since his sophomore […]

Nick

Position: Online Robot Genius

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.

Nick

Online Robot Genius

Nick is an electrical engineer who loves LEGO and has a background in marine robotics. He’s worked with remote operated […]

Sriram

Position: Online Robot Genius

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!

Sriram

Online Robot Genius

Sriram is a Computer Science major at the University of Connecticut and has been a Lead Instructor at both Kumon […]

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.

Small Group Online Lessons

Individualized Learning + Social Time With Like-Minded Peers

Private Online Lessons

Hire a Personal Robotics Mentor & Friend For Your Student

Online Interactive Summer Camp

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