Robotics Academy Certified ROBOTC
Online Training for VEX CORTEX

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

This course requires ROBOTC for VEX Robotics and a CORTEX robot (not included with tuition).

Please see Requirements for details.

This course focuses on learning how to program a combination of both the VEX Cortex 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 Cortex, 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

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Course 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

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Students should note they must have the following in order to take this course:

Cortex Robot Kit - sold separately.
We recommend the Cortex Programming Bundle which contains the hardware necessary for the class.
Class registrants can purchase this bundle at discounted prices at the Robomatter store.
Please call 412 963-7310 or e-mail for more information.

ROBOTC for VEX programming software

Computer System Requirements

  • Windows® XP, VISTA, 7, 8 or later / Mac® OSX 10.8 or higher.
  • Internet Explorer 9.0 or later / Mozilla Firefox® 18.0 or later / Safari 6 or later.
  • Flash Player 10 or later (included). Adobe Reader 7 or later (Adobe Reader 9 included for PC).
  • Two available USB ports for robot and optional headset
  • Broadband internet

Additional Materials

  • Black electrical tape, 1 roll
  • Hard, flat, clear surface approximately 8' x 4' in size to run the robot. This is ideally close to the computer, and may be a tabletop or a tile floor. For an inexpensive, convenient, portable, reusable option, consider purchasing a 8'x4' section of tileboard (whiteboard material) from your local hardware store.
  • Meter stick (yard stick or measuring tape OK if you absolutely can't find a meter stick)
  • 10-12 small cardboard tubes (e.g. paper towel) or plastic pipes, approx. 3" tall and able to stand vertically
  • 10-12 plastic balls, 4-5 inches in diameter (many play-pen style balls work)
  • A few hardcover books or other free-standing vertical obstacles
  • A plastic drink container

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  • Basic set-up procedures
  • Operation of headset and meeting/webinar software
  • Meet your classmates!


  • What is a Robot?
  • CORTEX Hardware
  • ROBOTC Overview
  • Natural Language Robot Movement Part 1
  • Movement and Turning
  • Proportionality and Movement
  • Labyrinth Challenge


  • Shaft Encoder Overview
  • Natural Language Robot Movement Part 2
  • Forward for Distance
  • Programming Structures
  • Programming Logic
  • Calculating Distance
  • Labyrinth Challenge Revisited


  • Transmitter Overview
  • VEXnet Overview
  • Natural Language Remote Control
  • Basic Remote Control
  • Mapping Functions
  • Timers
  • Minefield Removal Challenge


  • Sense-Plan-Act Overview
  • Natural Language Until Commands
  • Touch Sensors, the Ultrasonic Rangefinder, and Potentiometers
  • The ROBOTC Debugger
  • Thresholds
  • Sensor Challenges


  • Competition Programming
  • LCD Screen
  • Multitasking
  • Additional Resources
  • Additional Challenges

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If you are paying by Check or Purchase Order (PO), please click here and fill out the Registration form.

Register and pay for Online training and make additional purchases by visiting the Robomatter Store.

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  • Feb 17th - Mar 24th, 2015
    Tuesdays for 6 Weeks
    6-8:00pm EST (3-5pm PST)
  • Jun 22nd - 26th, 2015
    Monday-Friday for 1 Week
    3-5:00pm EST (12-3pm PST)

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There are two schedule formats for our online training:


  • Classes are 2 hours long, followed by a half hour Q & A
  • Classes are in session for 6 consecutive weeks


  • Each class is held for a single week. Five sessions, five consecutive days.
  • Classes are 2 hours long, followed by a half hour Q & A
  • Classes are in session for one week

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  • Online access to ROBOTC Video Trainer for CORTEX

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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 CD-Roms, software, or robot kits may be paid by check or credit card. Purchase Orders are also acceptable. Please contact the Academy at 412 681-7160 for information and detailed payment options. Or visit the Academy affiliated Robomatter Robotics Education Store, where you can purchase CD-Roms online.

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 CD-Roms/DVDs and headsets are non-refundable. The Robotics Academy will offer partial refunds for tuition expenses only (not headsets or CD-Roms,/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.

All policies are subject to occasional revision by the Robotics Academy.

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Teachers will leave the class with:

  • ACT 48 Credits / 24 hours per class ( for Pennsylvania teachers only )
  • Certificate of Completion for course 'graduates' - may be used to apply for Continuing Education hours

During the training you will learn about:

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

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:

Quantity Discounts on VEX hardware and software purchases
The Robotics Academy offers quantity discounts to educators. We recommend the 'Cortex Programming Bundle' for use with this class. Class registrants will be able to purchase this bundle at discounted prices. Please call 412 963-7310 or e-mail for more information.


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