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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

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

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

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

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

Fabrication Foundations (through VRC)

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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

Topics Covered

Mechanical Foundations (through VRC)

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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

Topics Covered

Robotics Integration (through VRC)

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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

Topics Covered

Software Foundations (through VRC)

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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

Topics Covered

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