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Robotics Academy Certified Training for LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 (Online)

This course requires LEGO MINDSTORM EV3 hardware and software (not included with tuition).

This course focuses on learning how to program the new LEGO MINDTORMS EV3 robot, and how to navigate the new EV3 software. The course also covers how to use robotics as an organizer to teach CS-STEM (Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts. A headset is highly recommended in order to participate in the course.

Our courses are designed around the National Research Council Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Common Core Mathematics Standards (CCSS), the College Board Computer Science Principles (CSP) Framework, and the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) Standards. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn professional development credits and a Certificate of Completion by completing various assignments throughout the course.

This course is best suited for teachers and coaches with little or no programming experience who would like to learn both the fundamentals of EV3 programming and pedagogy associated with the accompanying STEM concepts. However, teachers with programming and robotics experience will find the class valuable for its focus on the EV3 language specifically, practice in troubleshooting student errors, and STEM integration aspects.

If you are paying by Check or Purchase Order (PO), please email

You can use a credit card by paying through the Robomatter InstantCheckout Store [Note: Link takes you away from our website].

Robotics Academy online training includes:

– Online access to supplemental lessons from Robotics Academy materials
– Technical support for all hardware and software used in the class
– 24/7 access to class management system, forums, and message boards (monitored daily)
– Opportunities for Continuing Education credits and certificate of completion


The following is required is required in order to take this course:

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robot Kit – Sold Separately

– EV3 Core Set with Software Pack 5003400

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programming – Sold Separately

– EV3 Programming Software

Computer System Requirements

– Windows® XP, VISTA, 7, 8 or later / Mac® OSX 10.8 or later
– Internet Explorer 9.0 or later / Mozilla Firefox® 18.0 or later / Safari 6 or later
– Adobe Reader 7 or later (Adobe Reader 9 included for PC)
– Two available USB ports for robot and optional headset
– Broadband internet connection

Additional Materials

– Black electrical tape
– Hard, flat, blank surface approximately 4′ x 4′ in size.
– Yard or Meter stick
– Five 3″ tubes (e.g. toilet paper rolls, PVC pipes, etc…)
– Hardcover books (or other objects to act as obstacles)
– Plastic drink container ( or other containers)
– Colored items (to use with color sensor)

Session Topics


– Course Concepts
– Pedagogy
– Course Logistics
– Downloading and Running Code

Moving and Mathematics

– EV3 Programs
– Expedition Atlantis: Proportionality and Movement
– Movement and Turning
– MyBlocks
– Movement Challenges

Robot Sensors

– What is a robot?
– Touch, Ultrasonic, Light, and Sound Sensors
– Program Flow
– Robot Decision Making: “Wait for…” Behaviors
– Sensor Challenges

Decision Making

– Data Logging Investigation
– Loops
– Switches
– Repeated Decisions: Discrete
– Repeated Decisions: Continuous
– Obstacle Detection and Line Following

Planning and Troubleshooting

– Troubleshooting for Student Understanding
– Planning, Pseudocode, and Process
– Search and Rescue Challenge

Data Flow and Logic

– Data Flow
– Displaying Data

Note: Class content are subject to change.

Tuition Cost – $599

If you are paying by Check or Purchase Order (PO), please email

You can register and pay with credit card by going to the Robomatter InstantCheckout Store [Note: Link takes you away from our website].

Schedule Format

There are two schedule formats available online training:

Six Consecutive Week

– Classes take place on listed day of the week, for six consecutive weeks
– Classes are two hours long, followed by a half hour of Q & A

Five Consecutive Days (Only for Summer sessions)

– Each class is held in a single week, five sessions in five in consecutive days
– Classes are two hours long, followed by a half hour of Q & A


Online access to Introduction to EV3 Programming are given to online attendees.



We will only use personal information (such as name, mailing address or e-mail address) contained in your registration or correspondence to respond to your questions or provide Robotics Academy updates. If you enter a chat area or post messages, remember that other users may have access to your email address and user name. The Robotics Academy will not share any personal information provided by you with any unauthorized person or company except where the disclosure is required by law or is necessary to comply with legal process.

Certificate of Completion Requirements

To earn the Certificate of Completion, class attendees must complete all homework assignments to the satisfaction of the instructor.

Class Eligibility

Classes at the Robotics Academy are available to individuals who are at least 18 years of age and minors who have parental consent to enroll. The Robotics Academy reserves the right to restrict, suspend or terminate any student for violation of these policies. In consideration of your involvement with the Robotics Academy you agree to provide true, accurate and current information about yourself when you register. If you provide any information that is inaccurate or if The Robotics Academy has reasonable grounds to suspect the information is inaccurate, the Robotics Academy has the right to terminate your account.


Purchasing a seat to online classes gives access to one participant only. Resources distributed as part of the class are for use of the participant only. Fees for CDs, software, or robot kits may be paid by check or credit card. Purchase Orders are also acceptable. Please contact Robomatter at 412-963-7310 for information about registering for the course, payment for the course, or if the course will be held.  Please email  if you have questions about the content of the course.

Internet Access / Bandwidth Fees

The Robotics Academy is not responsible for any internet access or bandwidth fees you incur while taking this class.

International Export Controls

International enrollment is subject to applicable United States export controls and laws.


Robotics Academy CDs/DVDs and headsets are non-refundable. The Robotics Academy will offer partial refunds for tuition expenses only (excluding headsets or CDs/DVDs) if class registrants contact us prior to the beginning of the first class.

Copyrighted Class Material

All course documents are owned by The Robotics Academy. These materials may not be reprinted in any form except those specified for instructional purposes. The course documents and presentations may be displayed and printed for personal, non-commercial use only. Only students registered for this course may access this material. The Robotics Academy makes every effort to provide accurate and up-to-date content. However, we have no liability for the accuracy, content, or accessibility of the hyperlinks included with class material.

Use of Student Material

The Robotics Academy reserves the right to use coursework done by students for the purpose of advancing the educational mission of the Academy. When this occurs, students will be given the option to have their name credited to the material. This includes, but is not limited to, text, graphics, multimedia and other material created as part of the Robotics Academy online course assignments.


You agree to indemnify and hold the Robotics Academy harmless from any and all losses, actions, controversies, suits, demands, claims, liabilities or any causes of action whatsoever. You expressly agree that the Robotics Academy is not responsible or liable for any infringement of another’s rights, including intellectual property rights.

Note: Policies are subjected to occasional revisions.

Upon Completion

– ACT 48 credits / 36 hours per class (for Pennsylvania teachers only)
– Certificate of Completion for course ‘graduates’ – may be used to apply for Continuing Education hours

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