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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.

Let the "Robot Guy" Teach For You

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.

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Aligns with National STEM and STEAM Standards

If you’re applying for a STEM / STEAM grant, we can help you! Check this list to see how our LEGO Robotics Curriculum enables you to meet grant criteria.

Hands-On, Project-Based Learning

Students learn creative problem solving by engaging with real-world Engineering Design Challenges. Guided by the “Robot Guy”, who won multiple world championships and now teaches robotics for fun, students learn the art and science of using technology to solve everyday problems.

Got Robots? (Mindsorms EV3)

Our curriculum allows you to utilize LEGO Mindstorms EV3 sets instead of investing in proprietary sets. Your school may already have enough EV3 sets to be able to implement the program! Our unique lesson plans enable you to implement a high quality STEM program with as few as 2 sets sets per 20 students!

Appropriate for a Wide Range of Students

Two learning tracks (beginner / advanced) make the curriculum appropriate for all skills levels, a wide age range (grades K-8), and for enrichment programs as well as students with learning differences.

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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 quizzes and scorecharts help teachers to keep track of students’ accomplishments. Implement a year-long robotics program that meets local and national STE(A)M guidelines. Enroll your school today!

What Teachers Are Saying...

...it was wonderful to see him connect with other kids that shared his interests... he was starting to think no-one liked the things he did. Your [program] made him realize there were LOTS of kids like him, and this was empowering.

Christina Schetter M.A., CCC-SLP
Columbus City Schools

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!

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 ($450 each) for a classroom of 20. We can sell you sets if you need them, but most schools already have enough sets to be able to implement our curriculum.

Other 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!

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Choose the Right Plan for Your School

NOTE: Prices will increase on Dec 1, 2019

Starter
Module

$ 995 per location
  • 5 lessons (recommended for use across 2-5 weeks), complete with ready-to-use lesson plans, step-by-step video 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 series 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
  • 45 lessons (recommended for use across one academic year), complete with ready-to-use lesson plans, templates, step-by-step video 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 time with our operations director and/or the Robot Guy for implementation and professional development
  • Free Classroom Materials Kit is provided for the duration of your enrollment. All the necessary materials are provided!
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Platinum
Package

$ 9975 per location
  • Includes everything in the "Complete Curriculum" package
  • Lifetime License to display videos at one location
  • 4 hours of one-on-one time with our operations director and/or the Robot Guy for implementation and professional development

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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