LEGO Robotics
STEM Curriculum

Implement an evidence-based, hands-on STEM program that meets/exceeds national STEM standards! Fun and engaging classroom videos teach all the core concepts, and our video onboarding series for teachers makes class prep easy (no previous LEGO robotics experience necessary). Better yet, there’s no need to invest in a fleet of proprietary robotics sets; our unique, project-based curriculum works with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 or Robot Academy’s Arduino LEGO Robot set with different lesson plans for K to 12th grade.

LEGO Robotics
STE(A)M Curriculum

Implement an evidence-based, hands-on STE(A)M program that meets/exceeds national STE(A)M standards! Fun and engaging classroom videos teach all the core concepts, and our video onboarding series for teachers makes class prep easy (no previous LEGO robotics experience necessary). Better yet, there’s no need to invest in a fleet of proprietary robotics sets; our unique, project-based curriculum works with the now-ubiquitous LEGO Mindstorms EV3 set (2-5 sets per classroom recommended).

Quick & Easy Implementation

Teachers with little-to-no LEGO robotics experience can watch our step-by-step tutorials and demos to quickly learn how to facilitate our hands-on, video-based lessons and support students’ success. Ready-to-use lesson plans and teacher training videos to use with Classroom Supply Kit to make implementation easy

Let the ‘Robot Guy’ do the teaching.  Engaging classroom videos (inspired by Bill Nye the Science Guy) are easy for kids to follow and easy for teachers to implement, explaining and demonstrating all the concepts and techniques necessary for each lesson.  Our video curriculum provides a turnkey solution with classroom instruction, step-by-step programming and robot building helps the student to learn by doing. 

Appropriate for Grade K to 10th

Each level of curriculum includes specific lesson plans and robot expansion sets for each grade (K-12).  Perfect for technology classrooms and after-school program.   The Robot Academy Arduino LEGO Robot is ideal for learning the basics of programming in primary education through intuitive and easy to understand block-based programming for K to 10th grade students.  Arduino C and Python programming language available for 6th to 12th grade.

Two learning tracks make the curriculum appropriate for all skills levels, and all ages (K-12).  The program is effective for enrichment programs as well as students with learning differences.  Our Arduino LEGO Robot Curriculum provides years of material as students use Nine expansion kits.  Each expansion kit has a new Arduino board, electronics, and aluminum alloy building pieces to allow for teaching additional electronic and electronic concepts with sensors such as interactive lights and sounds for very cool projects that the kids (and teachers) will love.  

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Robot Academy Arduino LEGO Robot only $125 each

STEAM Curriculum Works with Several Types of LEGO Robots

 

Our curriculum works with LEGO MINDSTORMS and Robot Academy’s Arduino LEGO Robot. All the robots are compatible with a wide range of hardware including Chromebook, PC, MAC, iPad.

Robot Academy has 15 years’ experience teaching LEGO MINDSTORMS.  Our curriculum provides fun, easy-to-use curriculum for LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, SPIKE Prime, and Robot Inventor.  Robots can be purchased thru LEGO Education.

Robot Academy’s Arduino LEGO Robot is 1/4 the price of the LEGO MINDSTORMS, but accomplishes all of our LEGO MINDSTORMS lesson plans and more with the expansion kits. Our robot has four expansion ports and can connect to more than 100 kinds of electronic modules with 9 expansion kits for students to learn new curriculum each year.  The one-stop programming platform is designed for STEAM education for all ages and levels. It supports both block-based and textual programming languages. Switching from block-based programming to Python or Arduino C is just one click away.

Hands-On, Project-Based Learning

Students learn creative problem solving by engaging with real-world Engineering Design Challenges. Students build and code robots to solve everyday problems such as clearing the table (see the picture above), and feeding the pet.  Students are motivated to learn to build and program for fun BattleBot competitions (see picture below), Jousting, and more.  Each lesson ends with an application to real-world engineering.  

With our curriculum, students still get extensive hands-on building and programming experience by engaging with group and individual activities that don’t require each student to have a full robotics set in front of them at all times.

STREAM Curriculum (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math) is available for schools that wish to teach Religion which is incorporated into the STEAM curriculum with hand-on, meaningful lessons.  Perfect for Catholic, Episcopal and Christian Schools.

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Evidence-Based

Our lessons and activities were developed by LEGO robotics world champions and refined over more than a decade. We’ve seen our students improve their grades in school, win world titles in robotics and invention competitions, and earn scholarships to STEM-based programs at top universities.

Chart and Measure Student Progress

Our rubric and student worksheets help teachers to keep track of students’ accomplishments. Implement a K to 10th grade robotics program that meets local and national STEM guidelines. Enroll your school today!

What Teachers Are Saying...

Thank you for bringing robotics to our classroom and school. This year has not been a typical year to say the least and you and your program have helped to brighten our students' day. They love robotics and are fascinated by what you have taught us. They continued to program at every Smart Choice opportunity.... We look forward to continuing on with Robotics.
Chad Plue, 4th grade teacher, Oakstone Academy

It was a pleasure working with you and the experience was great for our students and teachers. Everyone is very excited about Robotics at Oakstone and we look forward to continuing to work with you.

Eddie Napier, Principal, Oakstone Academy

What an amazing curriculum. All the students come up with unique ideas based on watching the same video. The students don't know each other, and yet they're happy to work together because they're solving a fun challenge. The teams that win are happy, and the teams that don't win are excited to fix their robots to compete again. They're legitimately motivated to use the Engineering Design Process.

Jeremy Arcus-Goldberg
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus

Curriculum Demo Reel

These clips taken from Robot Academy episodes, tutorials, and demos will give you a taste of what’s in the curriculum. Schedule a live demo to learn more and/or ask questions!

Michael Vawter

"Robot Guy" / Tech Director, Robot Academy

LEGO Robotics STEM Education for the ClassroomMichael 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 Vawter

Director of Operations, Robot Academy

Gail Vawter 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.

Robot Academy STEAM Curriculum works with Three Types of Robots

Three Types of LEGO Robots: LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, Arduino LEGO Robot, and Robot Inventor
  • Online Professional Development for robotics teachers, entire staff, FIRST LEGO League Coaches, and other teaching professionals interested in learning robot building and coding from robotics experts.
  • One-on-one mentorship and instruction 100% tailored to your needs.
  • 60-minute or 120-minute sessions with flexible scheduling and content to meet your needs.
  • More than one teacher can participate in the sessions for free.
  • Once you purchase a plan, we’ll connect via phone or email to help you select an instructor and book a time.
  • Optional FIRST LEGO LEAGUE lessons: learn from an instructor who won 1st place Robot Performance at the FLL World Festival twice.

LEGO Robot STEAM Curriculum for K to 12th grade

Compete STEM Curriculum with Robots and Lessons

  • Our unique lesson plans enable you to provide a high quality STEM program with 6 LEGO robotics sets per classroom.  With our curriculum, students still get extensive hands-on building and programming experience by engaging with group and individual activities that don’t require each student to have a full robotics set in front of them at all times.

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STEAM Professional Development + Lessons + Arduino LEGO Robots or Technic LEGOs

$1500
$ 999 Special Price until 11/15/21
  • 2 hours of STEAM Professional Development on building and programming the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 OR Arduino LEGO Robot.
  • 3 Robot Academy Arduino LEGO Robots compatible with a wide range of hardware including Chromebook, PC, MAC, iPad or 8 lbs of Technic LEGOs for students to build LEGO implements for curriculum..
  • Intuitive and easy to understand block-based programming for K to 12th grade students.
  • Ready-to-use lesson plans and teacher training videos make implementation easy for module A
  • Robot available in Blue or Magenta. Please specify color at checkout.

STEAM Video Curriculum + Lesson Plans + PD
+ 6 Robots or LEGOs

$5000
$ 2,999 Special Price until 11/15/21.
  • Engaging “Robot Guy” videos teach building/programming fundamentals, robot design strategies, kid-friendly testing methodologies, and advanced building/programming techniques with one-year license for module A and B or C and D.
  • 6 Arduino LEGO Robot Complete Sets or 15 lb of Technic LEGOs for students to build LEGO implements for curriculum. Free shipping ($50 max. International shipping may require additional shipping charge). 
  • 2-hours of Professional Development on LEGO MINDSTORMS or Arduino LEGO Robot (1 hour sessions) taught to individual or entire staff
  • Ready-to-use lesson plans and teacher training videos make implementation easy for module A and B or C and D

Complete STEAM Video Curriculum
+ PD + Lesson Plans + 12 Robots or LEGOs

$10000
$ 4,999 Special Price until 11/15/21.
Smaller packages available. Schedule a call to customize the package for your classroom or school.
  • Engaging “Robot Guy” videos teach building/programming fundamentals, robot design strategies, kid-friendly testing methodologies, and advanced building/programming techniques with two-year license for Modules A, B, C and D.
  • Ready-to-use lesson plans and teacher training videos to use with Classroom Supply Kit (one kit included) to make implementation easy. Perfect for technology classrooms and after-school program. f g
  • Two 2-hour Private Online Interactive Lessons on LEGO MINSTORMS EV3, LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor, or Arduino LEGO Robot (4 hours total) taught to individual, class, or entire staff
  • 12 Arduino LEGO Robot Complete Sets or 30 lb of Technic LEGOs for students to build LEGO implements for curriculum.
     

Who is Robot Academy?

Robot Academy

15 Years of STEAM Education

Robot Academy empowers kids to become engineers, programmers, inventors and entrepreneurs… all while having FUN with like-minded kids and inspirational instructors.  For over 15 years, Robot Academy has built confidence in students using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) instruction. 

Robot Academy offers in-person STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) camps and private LEGO Robot BattleBot events in the Columbus, Ohio area.  We provide STEAM Curriculum to schools and provide live, interactive virtual camps and private lessons worldwide.  Robot Academy students use LEGO Mindstorms or Robot Academy’s Arduino LEGO Robots to learn about robotics, inventions, and coding in Scratch or Python.

Gail Vawter

Co-founder, Owner, Robot Academy

Gail Vawter is the Co-founder and Co-owner of Robot Academy.  She studied computer science and economics at Denison, earned an MBA at IWU, and has worked as a tech exec for Fortune 500 companies. Her passion is helping young students to get excited about STEAM. As a teacher and coach of student science teams, her teams placed nationally at numerous Invention Competitions: FIRST’s Global Innovation Awards (3 times), FIRST Lego League World Champions (2 times), National Inventors Hall of Fame, US Army’s eCybermission (5 times), NSTA/Toshiba ExploraVision, NASA’s Space Day (2 times) and Invention Convention (4 Edison winners). Her team’s accomplishments have been recognized by the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives.  We incorporate this into our curriculum to help kids excel with STEAM. 

Choose the Right Plan for Your School

NOTE: Prices will increase on Dec 1, 2019

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Starter Module
(available until 5/17/2019)

This module introduces LEGO Robotics, guides kids through the process of building and programming the MicroBot, and provides an engaging Jousting Tournament so that kids can not only test but also compete with their creations.
$248
  • 1 Professionally-Produced
    “Robot Guy” Video
  • 2 In-Depth Building/Programming Tutorials
  • License to Display Videos:
    1 Location for 1 Year
  • 1 Comprehensive Teacher
    Training Videos
  • Ready-To-Use Lesson Plans and Templates
  • BONUS: Live "Onboarding"
    Webinar with Michael and Gail