It’s Engaging.

Students learn by completing hands-on challenges and by watching fast-paced lessons and demonstrations.

It’s Practical.

The Robot Academy Curriculum gives students everything they need to start building and programming robots. Hands-on activities are set up using everyday materials, and teachers/parents are given a brief yet comprehensive ‘Virtual Guidebook’. With this guidebook, parents and teachers who have no previous robotics experience are equipped to help their students succeed.

It’s Educational.

Students gain proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. More importantly, students become passionate about scientific innovation.

Just Add Legos.

All you need is a Lego robotics kit in order to use this curriculum. All other materials are provided, or can be found in the home or classroom. The curriculum supports either the Lego Mindstorms EV3 set (current model) or the Lego Mindstorms NXT set (older model). Use this link to buy an EV3 set.

Teaching Whole-Brain Problem Solving

Artists use their right brain to create masterpieces. Scientists use their left brain to analyze systems. Inventors use both in synchrony.

We mentor the next generation of technological masterminds by teaching whole-brain problem solving. Our students (age 6-16) have won international science and robotics championships after learning how to imagine constructively and build systematically.

Learn from a FIRST Lego League World Champion

Our Head Instructor, Michael Vawter, won 1st place at the FIRST Lego League (FLL) World Championships in 2005 and 2006. Since then, he has judged Robot Design at the FLL World Championships and mentored/coached dozens of successful FLL teams. He has thought thousands of students through the Robot Academy, and many of his students have won state and international awards in robotics.

Resources for Online Students

Intro Episodes: These 15-20 minute videos get students excited to solve specific hands-on challenges using their robotics kit (think Bill Nye the Science Guy, but with robots). Each unit introduces new set of challenges (e.g., building a robot to clear the clothes off your bedroom floor), and each challenge can be set up using household items.

Build Sessions: Our chief instructor walks students through the build process step-by-step, explaining why each piece goes where it does. These videos expose students to underlying engineering concepts in a practical, hands-on setting.

Programming Sessions: In these videos, our chief instructor walks students through the process of creating programs to solve specific challenges.

Teacher Briefings: Teachers and parents with no robotics experience can get all the information they need by watching these brief videos. We explain overall learning objectives and offer practical troubleshooting tips for helping students through the process.

Corporate Address

200 East Campus View
Robot Academy, LLC
200 East Campus View Blvd, Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43235

Note: Most of our camps and events are held at other venues