CS-STEM Curriculum

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  • Fabrication Foundations (through FRC)
    Ff original first original Fabrication Foundations (through FRC)
    Item(s): 3

    Fabrication Foundations (through FRC)
    FRC: Applying for your Fabrication Foundations Micro-Certification
    As a member of a FIRST Robotics Competition team, you have built up a number of valuable technical skills. Micro-Certifications, brought to you by FIRST and the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, let you showcase these skills as part of a college application or resume, or simply let others know what you have accomplished through FIRST.
    The Fabrication Foundations Micro-Certification covers cutting, measuring, drilling, and 3D printing which are commonly performed by technicians on robotics systems.
    The exam portion of this Micro-Certification will test your knowledge of these concepts to determine if you meet or exceed the foundational knowledge needed as a Robotics Technician.

    To apply for yours:
    • (Optional) Review the lesson materials to brush up and see what is covered by the exam 
    • [REQUIRED] Upload photos of your work to your portfolio according to the prompts 
      • [REQUIRED] Obtain approval of your uploads by CMRA or a Certified Teacher**
      • [REQUIRED] Take the online exam (60 min, multiple choice, passing = 70%)**
    • **Requires purchasing Student Certification Access and have CMRA or a CMRA Certified instructor approve uploads


    Process for applying for the Micro-Certification

    Topic Items

    1 chassis original 2 motormount original 3 3dprinting original
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  • Mechanical Foundations (through FRC)
    Mf original first original Mechanical Foundations (through FRC)
    Item(s): 3

    Mechanical Foundations (through FRC)
    FRC: Applying for your Mechanical Foundations Micro-Certification
    As a member of a FIRST Robotics Competition team, you have built up a number of valuable technical skills. Micro-Certifications, brought to you by FIRST and the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, let you showcase these skills as part of a college application or resume, or simply let others know what you have accomplished through FIRST.
    The Mechanical Foundations Micro-Certification covers structural design, weight distribution, drivetrains, fastening, and speed and torque which are common concepts robotics technicians need to understand.

    The exam portion of this Micro-Certification will test your knowledge of these concepts to determine if you meet or exceed the foundational knowledge needed as a Robotics Technician.

    To apply for yours:
    • (Optional) Review the lesson materials to brush up and see what is covered by the exam 
    • [REQUIRED] Upload photos of your work to your portfolio according to the prompts 
    • [REQUIRED] Obtain approval of your uploads by CMRA or a Certified Teacher**
    • [REQUIRED] Take the online exam (60 min, multiple choice, passing = 70%)**
    • **Requires purchasing Student Certification Access and have CMRA or a CMRA Certified instructor approve uploads

    Process for applying for the Micro-Certification

    Topic Items

    Mf unit1 original Mf unit2 original 1 testbed sf original
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  • Robotics Integration (through FRC)
    Ri original first original Robotics Integration (through FRC)
    Item(s): 3

    Robotics Integration (through FRC)
    FRC: Applying for your Robotics Integration Micro-Certification
    As a member of a FIRST Robotics Competition team, you have built up a number of valuable technical skills. Micro-Certifications, brought to you by FIRST and the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, let you showcase these skills as part of a college application or resume, or simply let others know what you have accomplished through FIRST.
    The Robotics Integration Micro-Certification covers situations where technicians may receive a large industrial system that requires assembly and installation. Learners must provide evidence of unpacking and testing, testing navigation programming, and vision system integration. 
    The exam portion of this Micro-Certification will test your knowledge of these concepts to determine if you meet or exceed the foundational knowledge needed as a Robotics Technician.

    To apply for yours:
    • (Optional) Review the lesson materials to brush up and see what is covered by the exam 
    • [REQUIRED] Upload photos of your work to your portfolio according to the prompts 
    • [REQUIRED] Take the online exam (60 min, multiple choice, passing = 70%)

    Process for applying for the Micro-Certification

    Topic Items

    1 testbed sf original 2 openloop sf original 4 cameranavigation sf original
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  • Software Foundations (through FRC)
    Sf original first original Software Foundations (through FRC)
    Item(s): 5

    Software Foundations (through FRC)
    FRC: Applying for your Software Foundations Micro-Certification
    As a member of a FIRST Robotics Competition team, you have built up a number of valuable technical skills. Micro-Certifications, brought to you by FIRST and the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, let you showcase these skills as part of a college application or resume, or simply let others know what you have accomplished through FIRST.

    The Software Foundations Micro-Certification covers all of the concepts that were covered in Robotics Integrations as well as programming sensors, and a vision system (or camera).

    The exam portion of this Micro-Certification will test your knowledge of these concepts to determine if you meet or exceed the foundational knowledge needed as a Robotics Technician.

    To apply for yours:
    • (Optional) Review the lesson materials to brush up and see what is covered by the exam 
    • [REQUIRED] Upload photos of your work to your portfolio according to the prompts 
    • [REQUIRED] Obtain approval of your uploads by CMRA or a Certified Teacher**
    • [REQUIRED] Take the online exam (60 min, multiple choice, passing = 70%)**
    • **Requires purchasing Student Certification Access and have CMRA or a CMRA Certified instructor approve uploads

    Process for applying for the Micro-Certification

    Topic Items

    1 testbed sf original 2 openloop sf original 3 sensing original 4 cameranavigation sf original Camera programming original
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  • Fabrication Foundations (through VRC)
    Ff original vex original Fabrication Foundations (through VRC)
    Item(s): 3

    Fabrication Foundations (through VRC)
    VRC: Applying for your Fabrication Foundations Micro-Certification
    As a member of a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) team, you have built up a number of valuable technical skills. Micro-Certifications, brought to you by RECF and the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, let you showcase these skills as part of a college application or resume, or simply let others know what you have accomplished through VRC.

    The Fabrication Foundations Micro-Certification covers cutting, measuring, drilling, and 3D printing which are commonly performed by technicians on robotics systems.

    The exam portion of this Micro-Certification will test your knowledge of these concepts to determine if you meet or exceed the foundational knowledge needed as a Robotics Technician.

    To apply for yours:
    • (Optional) Review the lesson materials to brush up and see what is covered by the exam 
    • [REQUIRED] Upload photos of your work to your portfolio according to the prompts 
    • [REQUIRED] Obtain approval of your uploads by CMRA or a Certified Teacher**
    • [REQUIRED] Take the online exam (60 min, multiple choice, passing = 70%)**
    • **Requires purchasing Student Certification Access and have CMRA or a CMRA Certified instructor approve uploads

    Process for applying for the Micro-Certification

    Topic Items

    1 chassis original 2 motormount original 3 3dprinting original
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  • Mechanical Foundations (through VRC)
    Mf original vex original Mechanical Foundations (through VRC)
    Item(s): 3

    Mechanical Foundations (through VRC)
    VRC: Applying for your Mechanical Foundations Micro-Certification
    As a member of a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) team, you have built up a number of valuable technical skills. Micro-Certifications, brought to you by RECF and the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, let you showcase these skills as part of a college application or resume, or simply let others know what you have accomplished through VRC.

    The Mechanical Foundations Micro-Certification covers structural design, weight distribution, drivetrains, fastening, and speed and torque which are common concepts robotics technicians need to understand.

    The exam portion of this Micro-Certification will test your knowledge of these concepts to determine if you meet or exceed the foundational knowledge needed as a Robotics Technician.

    To apply for yours:
    • (Optional) Review the lesson materials to brush up and see what is covered by the exam 
    • [REQUIRED] Upload photos of your work to your portfolio according to the prompts 
    • [REQUIRED] Obtain approval of your uploads by CMRA or a Certified Teacher**
    • [REQUIRED] Take the online exam (60 min, multiple choice, passing = 70%)**
    • **Requires purchasing Student Certification Access and have CMRA or a CMRA Certified instructor approve uploads
    Process for applying for the Micro-Certification

    Topic Items

    Mf unit1 original Mf unit2 original Mf unit3 original
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  • Robotics Integration (through VRC)
    Ri original vex original Robotics Integration (through VRC)
    Item(s): 3

    Robotics Integration (through VRC)
    VRC: Applying for your Fabrication Foundations Micro-Certification
    As a member of a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) team, you have built up a number of valuable technical skills. Micro-Certifications, brought to you by RECF and the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, let you showcase these skills as part of a college application or resume, or simply let others know what you have accomplished through VRC.

    The Robotics Integration Micro-Certification covers situations where technicians may receive a large industrial system that requires assembly and installation. Learners must provide evidence of unpacking and testing, testing navigation programming, and vision system integration.

    The exam portion of this Micro-Certification will test your knowledge of these concepts to determine if you meet or exceed the foundational knowledge needed as a Robotics Technician.

    To apply for yours:
    • (Optional) Review the lesson materials to brush up and see what is covered by the exam 
    • [REQUIRED] Upload photos of your work to your portfolio according to the prompts 
    • [REQUIRED] Obtain approval of your uploads by CMRA or a Certified Teacher**
    • [REQUIRED] Take the online exam (60 min, multiple choice, passing = 70%)**
    • **Requires purchasing Student Certification Access and have CMRA or a CMRA Certified instructor approve uploads
    Process for applying for the Micro-Certification

    Topic Items

    1 testbed sf original 2 openloop sf original 4 cameranavigation sf  original
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  • Software Foundations (through VRC)
    Sf original vex original Software Foundations (through VRC)
    Item(s): 5

    Software Foundations (through VRC)
    VRC: Applying for your Software Foundations Micro-Certification
    As a member of a VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) team, you have built up a number of valuable technical skills. Micro-Certifications, brought to you by RECF and the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, let you showcase these skills as part of a college application or resume, or simply let others know what you have accomplished through VRC.

    The Software Foundations Micro-Certification covers all of the concepts that were covered in Robotics Integrations as well as programming sensors, and a vision system (or camera).

    The exam portion of this Micro-Certification will test your knowledge of these concepts to determine if you meet or exceed the foundational knowledge needed as a Robotics Technician.

    To apply for yours:
    • (Optional) Review the lesson materials to brush up and see what is covered by the exam 
    • [REQUIRED] Upload photos of your work to your portfolio according to the prompts 
    • [REQUIRED] Obtain approval of your uploads by CMRA or a Certified Teacher**
    • [REQUIRED] Take the online exam (60 min, multiple choice, passing = 70%)**
    • **Requires purchasing Student Certification Access and have CMRA or a CMRA Certified instructor approve uploads
    Process for applying for the Micro-Certification

    Topic Items

    1 testbed sf original 2 openloop sf original 3 sensing original 4 cameranavigation sf  original Camera programming original
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