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!
Interactive Online Lessons
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 lessons enables students to:
a) Share LEGO robot ideas, tips & tricks
b) Get help with their robotics engineering projects so that they don’t get stuck or discouraged
c) Our instructors are experienced with LEGO MINDSTORMS, LEGO Spike Prime, Arduino LEGO Robot, mBot Neo or mBot2
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!
Adult Instructors from Top Universities
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.
David is a Mechanical Engineering Senior 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.
Jackie is a senior at the Ohio State University, majoring in Computer Science Engineering with minors in Math and Chinese. Jackie has been building LEGOs since elementary school, mostly Star Wars and Lego city. Jackie has extensive experience with Robot Academy teaching students during after-school classes and in-person camps around Columbus.
Jacob English is a Mechanical Engineering Student at The Ohio State University with extensive experience teaching robotics to young students. As a STEM Exploration and Engagement Scholar, he enjoys working with several Makeblock robots: mBot, mBot2 and xLight. He is a member of The Ohio State University Marching Band.
Camden Sullivan is an experienced Robot Academy instructor specializing in Scratch programming and LEGO add-ons for Makeblock robots. He grew up with a love for LEGO and engineering, and is an Electrical Engineering student at The Ohio State University in his fourth year. Camden finds challenging problem-solving experiences to be engaging and fun, especially with a team. He enjoys teaching and helping kids build their confidence in STEM.
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 enjoys sharing his experience and interest in
robotics and LEGOs with the students participating in the Robotics Summer Camps and online!
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Student Project Examples
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: email@example.com |
(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.
Two Options for At-Home Instruction:
Online Semi-Private Lessons & Summer Camps
Individualized Learning + Social Time With Like-Minded Peers
Arduino Robot Bundle
MINDSTORMS Robot Bundle
Private Interactive Online Lessons
Hire a Personal Robotics Mentor For Your Student
Michael aka "The Robot Guy"
Michael was lead programmer, builder, tester, and handler for the MindStorm Troopers FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team, the first team ever to win 1st place Robot Performance at the FLL World Festival two years in a row. Michael was invited to serve as a Tech Judge at the World Festival the very next year, and has continued to serve as a judge for international, national, and state LEGO Robotics championships ever since. He has also mentored and coached teams that have gone on to win state and international championships of their own.
Michael has been featured in Popular Science Magazine, Columbus CEO Magazine and the National Gallery for Young Inventors. He published peer-reviewed psychophysics research at Denison University in 2011 and went on to earn a masters in entrepreneurship and innovation. 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 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).
As a teacher and coach of student science teams, she has won numerous national and global awards with FIRST Lego League (FLL), NSTA/Toshiba ExploraVision, Christopher Columbus Awards, NASA Space Day, US Army’s eCybermission, National Gallery for Young Inventors, and more. Her team’s accomplishments have been recognized by the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives.