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Robotics Academy Certified ROBOTC Training for VEX EDR (Online)

This course requires VEX EDR hardware and ROBOTC Programming software (not included with tuition).

Web-based teacher training where you learn to teach programming and STEM using robotics. Tuition includes online access to ROBOTC Video Trainer for EDR.

This course focuses on learning how to program a combination of both the VEX EDR robots, and how to use robotics as an organizer to teach STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics) concepts. Included with the course is access to the Robotics Academy’s ROBOTC Video Trainer for EDR, along with a license to use it in your classroom afterward.

You will also have the opportunity to earn professional development credits and a Certificate of Completion by completing various assignments throughout the course.

Robotics Academy online training includes:

– Online access to VEX Cortex Video Trainer
– Online access to supplemental lessons from other Robotics Academy materials
– Technical support for all hardware and software used in the class
– 24/7 access to class forums and message boards (monitored daily)
– Opportunity for Continuing Education credit and certificate of completion


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

VEX EDR Robot Kit – Sold Seperately

We recommend the EDR Super Bundle which contains the hardware necessary for the class. Please call 412-963-7310 for more information.

ROBOTC for VEX Programming Software

– ROBOTC for VEX Robotics 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 8′ x 4′ in size.
– Yard or Meter stick
– Twelve 3″ tubes (e.g. toilet paper rolls, PVC pipes, etc…)
– Twelve plastic balls, 4″ to 5″ diameter (e.g. play-pen balls)
– Hardcover books (or other objects to act as obstacles)
– Plastic drink container ( or other containers)

Session Topics

Setup/Tech Check

– Basic setup procedures
– Operation of headset and meeting/webinar software
– Meet other classmates!

Day 1: Introduction and Basic Movement

– What is a robot?
– VEX EDR Hardware
– ROBOTC Overview
– Natural Language with Graphical
– Movement and Turning
– Proportionality and Movement
– Labyrinth Challenge

Day 2: Improved Movement

– Shaft Encoder Overview
– Forward for Distance
– Programming Structures
– Programming Logic
– Calculating Distance
– Labyrinth Challenge Revisited

Day 3: Remote Control

– Transmitter Overview
– VEXnet Overview
– Basic Remote Control
– Mapping Functions
– Timers
– Minefield Removal Challenge

Day 4: Robot Sensors Part 1

– Sense-Plan-Act Overview
– Touch Sensors, Ultrasonic Rangefinder, and Potentiometers
– ROBOTC Debugger
– Thresholds
– Sensor Challenges

Day 5: Robot Sensors Part 2

– Line Tracking Sensors
– Gyro Sensor
– LCD Screen

Day 6: Advanced Topics and Robotics Education Overview

– Competition Programming
– Multitasking
– Additional Resources
– Additional Challenges

Tuition Cost – $599

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

You can register and pay for Online training by visiting 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 ROBOTC Video Trainer 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.

Additional Information

During Training

The Robot ALGEBRA Project

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

Classroom Resources

For teachers who want to prepare their classroom for robotics instruction, these items are recommended:

VEX Curriculum
VEX Competitions
Parametric Solid Modeling Resources
VEX Resources
Teaching ROBOTC for VEX

For teachers who want to prepare their classroom for robotics instruction, the purchase of one robot for every two students is recommended. For a class size of 24 students, the following materials are recommended:

VEX Hardware Bundles
VEX Software Guide

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