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LEGO Robotics
S.T.E.M. Curriculum

Improve Student Outcomes

Studies show that students do better in math and gain confidence in the classroom after learning LEGO robotics.

Relief for Teachers

Engaging classroom videos provide relief for teachers while teaching engineering concepts
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Aligns with STEM Standards

Printable lesson plans, templates, and other resources.

Hands-on Learning Activities

Teach creative problem solving, build confidence, and ensure student retention.

Low Cost to Implement, Even with Few Robots

We’ve designed our curriculum such that you can run events with as few as 3 robot kits per 20 students

Appropriate for a Wide Range of Students

Three learning tracks make the curriculum appropriate for all skills levels, a wide age range of 5-15, and for enrichment programs as well as students with learning differences.

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Evidence Based

Over 12 years of successful programs, 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.

Easy to Implement

Teachers with little-to-no LEGO robotics experience can get up to speed quickly and with minimal prep time by watching our step-by-step tutorials and demos.

Curriculum Preview Trailer

Clips taken from various Robot Academy episodes, tutorials, and demos (to give you a taste of what’s in the curriculum)!

About the Instructors

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.

Works with LEGO Mindstorms EV3

Our curriculum is designed to be used with LEGO’s premiere programmable robotics set: the Mindstorms EV3 Education Set. We recommend that you have 2-5 robot sets ($411 each) for a classroom of 20. Some of our packages come with robot sets, and we’re happy to sell you additional sets at cost (available during checkout).

Other LEGO robotics programs expect you to have one robot for every 1-2 students, but this wastes school resources and is overwhelming for students. Our curriculum is designed such that a student doesn’t need to have their own complete robot kit in front of them throughout the program in order to get extensive hands-on building and programming experience! 

Once you obtain your license to Robot Academy’s materials, we’ll reach out to help you procure the necessary robot kits from LEGO. All other necessary materials (robot activity mats, lesson plans, etc.) are included with your Robot Academy license, and our included training materials will get you and your teachers ‘up to speed’ quickly!

Choose the Right Plan for Your School

Schools in Columbus, OH or Seattle, WA must seek special approval (we offer our own programs in these cities)

Starter
Module

$ 995 per location
  • 5 lessons (recommended for use across 2-5 weeks), complete with ready-to-use lesson plans, step-by-step guides, and completion certificates
  • Engaging “Robot Guy” video Introduces LEGO Robotics and building/programming fundamentals
  • MicroBot building/programming activity with in-depth “Robot Guy” tutorials
  • Train-The-Trainer video provides instructors and administrators with the guidance/tips/resources necessary for executing the MicroBot activity with little-to-no prior LEGO robotics experience
  • Jousting Tournament lets kids test and compete with their MicroBots
  • License to display videos: 1 year, 1 location

Complete
Curriculum

$ 3875 per location
  • Includes 2 LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Sets (we recommend 2-5 sets for a classroom of 20)
  • 45 lessons (recommended for use across one academic year), complete with ready-to-use lesson plans, templates, step-by-step guides, student progress trackers, and completion certificates
  • Engaging “Robot Guy” videos teach building/programming fundamentals, robot design strategies, kid-friendly testing methodologies, and advanced building/programming techniques
  • MicroBot, BatBot, and SpiderBot building/programming activities with in-depth “Robot Guy” tutorials
  • Train-The-Trainer video series provides instructors and administrators with all the guidance/tips/resources they need to utilize our curriculum with little-to-no prior LEGO robotics experience
  • Jousting Tournament lets kids test and compete with their MicroBots
  • Invent-A-Bot challenges guide students through a complete engineering design process, building and programming robots that solve simulated everyday challenges such as feeding the pets or clearing the dinner table.
  • BattleBot! Kids build and program robots that battle to the death, competing individually to accrue points by solving battle-related challenges and then in groups for a final championship. This activity is also useful for shorter events such as birthday parties and tradeshows.
  • License to display videos: 1 year, 1 location
  • 2 hours of one-on-one coaching with Robot Academy's founders​
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Platinum
Package

$ 9975 per location
  • Includes 2 LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Sets (we recommend 2-5 sets for a classroom of 20)
  • Includes everything in the "Complete Curriculum" package
  • Lifetime License to display videos at one location
  • 4 hours of one-on-one coaching with Robot Academy's founders

Enterprise
Options

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  • License our COMPLETE or PLATINUM options for multi-location use (franchises, school districts, and national STEM programs appreciate this option)

Questions? Contact Us!

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
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