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Robotics Academy Certified Training for LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 (On-site)

This course focuses on learning how to program the new LEGO MINDSTORMS 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.

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.

On-site classes fill up rapidly. Early registration is recommended.

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 on-site 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


Class attendees use Robotic Academy’s computers, robot kits, curriculum and programming software during the week. No extra purchases of any hardware or software for this course are necessary.



– 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

Class content is subject to change.

Tuition Cost – $1099

Tuition includes 5 days of on site training and use of Robotic Academy’s computers, robot kits, curriculum and programming software during the week. You do not need to purchase any hardware or software for this course. Lunch is provided as part of tuition Monday through Thursday.

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]


Monday – Thursday class sessions start at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm. Friday class ends at noon. Lunch is provided Monday through Thursday. Other meals, transportation and lodging are not included.


The Robotics Academy is located within the National Robotics Engineering Center, which is located in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, PA.

National Robotics Engineering Center
Ten 40th Street, PA 15201
Phone: (412) 681-7160


Guests are encouraged to consider staying at the Shadyside Inn. The Shadyside Inn is located a few miles from the NREC, offers shuttle service, and is located near Pittsburgh’s eclectic Walnut St. Many teachers have stayed at the Inn and endorsed its amenities. Be sure to ask about their special University Rates.

Other lodging possibilities
Holiday Inn, University Center / Oakland


To be fair to the registrants in the sessions, we cannot give refunds once a class is full.

Upon Completion

– ACT 48 credits / 36 hours per class (for Pennsylvania teachers only)
– Certificate of Completion for course ‘graduates’ – may be used to apple for Continuing Education hours
– Data CD containing worksheets, presentations, programs, and images used by presenters during week of training

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