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If you're on a FIRST LEGO League team, then right now you're either prepping for a state/national/world tournament or debriefing and setting intentions for next year. We can help you with both! Enroll your team or your child in the masterclass now to get 50% off AND an extended membership (24 months instead of 12) so you can use the program next season as well.



LEGO Robotics Online Masterclass

A step-by-step guide for anyone who wants to master LEGO Robotics. Start building and programming awesome robots that do exactly what YOU want them to!

Created by a professional robotics teacher and two-time FIRST LEGO League world champion.


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Quickly Grasp
Key Concepts

Learn the secrets to building robots that drive straight and operate reliably. With proven strategies from a world champion, you'll be building killer robots in no time!

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Build Alongside
The Master

Learn by watching AND by doing. Follow along as Michael builds and programs, explaining his thought processes as he goes. Learn to think like the master... understand the WHY, not just the HOW.

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Demystify
Programming

Quickly create programs that accomplish FLL missions reliably and efficiently. Michael's streamlined demos and walkthroughs teach you everything you need to know.

Learn From the Best

MeCakeSqMichael 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.


Learning Outcomes

  • Employ real-world scientific testing methods in a fun and easy way (avoid the frustration and wasted time that results from ineffective testing)
  • Design robust and minimal robot bases/chassis that navigate accurately (avoid the frustration of “why is my robot doing something different every time I run it???”)
  • Learn how to build and customize some of the most useful and versatile LEGO mechanisms of all time (the ratchet, the one-way-door, the mechanical alignment wedge, the plow, the rake, etc.)
  • Learn to intelligently utilize opportunities to align on on mission models, walls, lines, etc. without overcomplicating
  • Understand real programming concepts (including debugging techniques) and how to use them in FLL
  • Overview of basic, intermediate, and advanced EV3 programming concepts
  • Much, much more!

Success Stories

"These videos are genius. I've learned so much and this is my 6th year coaching." -Megan

[My son] has always been great with LEGO, but now he's starting to talk like a little inventor. I'm always hearing about tests and prototypes." -Crystal

"I manage the robotics program at [private elementary school]. This course is remarkably thorough and easy to follow. I no longer have to worry that the kids will know more than me!" -Ron

"I took a chance with this curriculum and I couldn't be happier with the result. We have a wide age range [at robotics club], so I was worried some of the lectures wouldn't land. It was great. Michael's explanations are straightforward but also very deep, so there's something for everyone. I was jealous that the kids got to build everything!" -Jeanette

Course Outline

Each module contains a series of engaging video demonstrations and tutorials along with additional resources such as EV3 programming files and LEGO Digital Designer files.

Module 1 Key Concepts and Strategies
Best Practices for LEGO Implement Design
Winning Strategies (Navigation, Mission Prioritization, Etc.)
Best Practices for Chassis Design
The Art of Robot Handling
Module 2 Mechanical Design and Testing
Mechanical Alignment: The Ultimate Success Strategy
Efficient and Effective: Testing Strategies
Module 3 Advanced Robot Base/Chassis Design and Construction
Drivetrain Design,  Friction, "Free Wheels", and Optimal Weight Distribution
Module 4 Intro to EV3 Programming
Michael's Mission Programming Method
Basic EV3 Programming Overview and Orientation
Module 5 Intermediate EV3 Programming Techniques
Using Sensors Effectively
Using Math Blocks and Variable Blocks (with Data Wires)
Module 6 More Mechanical Design Concepts
Designing and Using Ratchet Mechanisms
Using Gears
Designing and Using a "One-Way Door"
Analysis/Dissection of World-Class Robots
Module 7 Expert-Level EV3 Programming Concepts and Techniques
Building "Smart Turn" Subroutines for Precision Navigation
Anticipating Program Failures and Building in "Fail Safe" Algorythms
Organizing your Programs and Streamlining your Process
Prepping for Tech Judging (advice from a World-Level Tech Judge)
Module 8 Tutorials in Response to Student Questions

  • Modules 1-3
    Enrollment
  • Access Modules 1-3 (includes insight on every topic: programming, mechanical design, testing, and robot handling)
  • License for individual use, but feel free to share with your team members (only one person can be logged in at a time)
  • License for 12 Months
    License for 24 Months
  • $345 $172

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  • Modules 1-8
    Enrollment
  • Full Access to Masterclass Modules 1-8 (includes in-depth build videos, advanced testing/debugging tips, and season-specific explainer videos in response to student questions)
  • License for individual use, but feel free to share with your team members (only one person can be logged in at a time)
  • License for 12 Months
    License for 24 Months
  • $523 $260

    Enroll Instantly
  • Accelerator
    Package
  • Full Access to Masterclass Modules 1-8 (includes in-depth build videos, advanced testing/debugging tips, and season-specific explainer videos in response to student questions)
  • Seperate accounts for up to 10 team members and 2 coaches ("flip the classroom" and assign videos as pre-meeting homework)
  • License for 12 Months
    License for 24 Months
  • $845 $422

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Questions? Our Head Instructor is Standing By

Email Michael: michael@robot-academy.com
Call or Text Michael: (206) 395-4636




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