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Software Foundations with Arduino (ShieldBot)

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Learn how to plan, write, and debug code for a robot

Software Foundations is an introduction to programming concepts. Students who complete this curriculum demonstrate an understanding of the software engineering process through repeated planning, testing, and iteration throughout the units. Students also learn basic robot movement, how to use feedback from different kinds of sensors, and how to create complex programs using loops and decision-making logic.

Topics Covered

Testbed with Arduino (ShieldBot)
Open-Loop Navigation with Arduino (ShieldBot)
Sensing with Arduino (ShieldBot)
Camera Navigation with Arduino (ShieldBot)
Camera Programming with Arduino (ShieldBot)

Electrical Foundations with Arduino

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Learn how circuits and signals work in a robotic system

Electrical Foundations focuses on the foundational concepts around basic electricity and how circuits work. In this course, students learn how to use multimeters to measure various parts of a circuit. Students learn how to control signals using a microcontroller, how to utilize binary sensors like Limit Switches, and analog sensors like an Ultrasonic Sensor. The culminating project is an e-panel consisting of all of the components found in a typical robotic system.

Topics Covered

Wiring and Circuits
Voltage: Parallel and Series Circuits
Voltage and Current: Motors
Controlling Signals
Sensors
E-Panel

Introduction to Programming with VEX IQ (ROBOTC Graphical)

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Learn to program the VEX IQ in ROBOTC Graphical

Introduction to Programming provides a structured sequence of programming activities in real-world project-based contexts. The projects are designed to get students thinking about the patterns and structure of not just robotics, but also programming and problem-solving more generally. This curriculum includes videos, animations, and step-by-step lessons designed to help beginners learn behavior-based programming using the VEX IQ hardware and ROBOTC Graphical programming software.

Topics Covered

VEX IQ Getting Started
Boulder Math
VEX IQ Basic Movements
VEX IQ Sensors
VEX IQ Program Flow I
VEX IQ Search & Rescue
VEX IQ Program Flow II
VEX IQ Direct Control

VEX Cortex Video Trainer

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Learn to program the VEX EDR Cortex in ROBOTC Text

The VEX Cortex Video Trainer provides a structured sequence of programming activities. The activities are designed to get students thinking about the patterns and structure of not just robotics, but also programming and problem-solving more generally. This curriculum includes videos, animations, and step-by-step lessons designed to help beginners learn behavior-based programming using the VEX Cortex hardware and ROBOTC Text programming software.

Topics Covered

VEX EDR Fundamentals
VEX EDR Setup
Boulder Math
VEX EDR Movement
VEX EDR Remote Control
VEX EDR Sensing - Educators ed.
VEX EDR Engineering - Educators ed.

Introduction to Programming with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3-G

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Learn to Program the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 in EV3-G

Introduction to Programming provides a structured sequence of programming activities in real-world project-based contexts. The projects are designed to get students thinking about the patterns and structure of not just robotics, but also programming and problem-solving more generally. This curriculum includes videos, animations, and step-by-step lessons designed to help beginners learn behavior-based programming using the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 hardware and EV3-G icon-based programming software.

Topics Covered

EV3 Getting Started
EV3 Movement
Boulder Math
EV3 Sensors
EV3 Decisions
EV3 Final Challenge

Electrical Foundations (through FRC)

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Electrical Foundations (through FRC)

 FRC: Applying for your Electrical Foundations Micro-Certification
As a member of a FIRST Robotics Competition team, you have built up a number of valuable technical skills. The SMART Electrical Foundations Micro-Certification, 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.

Electrical Foundations covers basic wiring and electrical tasks commonly performed by technicians on robotics systems.

To apply for yours:
  • (Optional) Review the lesson materials to brush up and see what is covered in the units 
  • [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

Topics Covered

Exam Prep: Wiring & Circuits (through FRC Ed.)
Exam Prep: Voltage: Parallel and Series Circuits (through FRC)
Exam Prep: Voltage and Current: Motors (through FRC)
Exam Prep: Controlling Signals (through FRC)
Exam Prep: Sensors (through FRC)
Exam Prep: E-Panel (through FRC)

Fabrication Foundations (through FRC)

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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

Topics Covered

Exam Prep: Fabrication Part 1 (e.g. a Chassis, through FRC)
Exam Prep: Fabrication Part 2 (e.g. a Motor Mount, through FRC)
Exam Prep: 3D Printing (through FRC)

Mechanical Foundations (through FRC)

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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

Topics Covered

Exam Prep: Strength, Stability, and Balance (through FRC)
Exam Prep: Transmissions and Mechanical Design (through FRC)
Exam Prep: Testbed (through FRC)

Robotics Integration (through FRC)

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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

Topics Covered

Exam Prep: Testbed (through FRC)
Exam Prep: Open-Loop Navigation (through FRC)
Exam Prep: Camera Navigation (through FRC)

Software Foundations (through FRC)

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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

Topics Covered

Exam Prep: Testbed (through FRC)
Exam Prep: Open-Loop Navigation (through FRC)
Exam Prep: Sensing (through FRC)
Exam Prep: Camera Navigation (through FRC)
Exam Prep: Camera Programming (through FRC)
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