Our STEM Solutions

Our Curricular Offerings

We offer several options for full-featured Curricular offerings. Our choices include STEM with Robotics, STEM with Computing, and Software Development Program.

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  • 5,000 Project Lead The Way schools
  • 11,000+ Teachers Trained

STEM with Robotics

Supported by the latest research and innovation from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy, our curriculum uses the hands-on, minds-on field of robotics to engage students in problem-solving, discovery, and exploratory learning.

Helps students develop 21st Century college and career readiness skills

Teaches important skills in foundational mathematics, engineering, programming, problem-solving, creative thinking, and computational thinking

Provides a natural platform for combining technological design with scientific inquiry

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Includes comprehensive teacher tools and training to ensure teachers are prepared to succeed with our technology, curriculum, and pedagogy

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Provides students with the opportunity to earn a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Certification

10 courses that progress through higher levels of complexity

Ages 10+

Up to 100 hours of activity and instruction per course

STEM with Computing

To be successful in a high-technolgy worlds, students need to know more than how to program. That’s why our STEM with Computer Science curriculum teaches students how to use computer programming to solve real-world problems.

Helps students develop 21st Century college and career readiness skills

Teaches important skills in foundational mathematics, engineering, programming, collaborative problem-solving, creative thinking, and computational thinking

Uses challenging, hands-on content and curriculum to motivate students to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math, all while having fun

Prepares students to think algorithmically and use technology to solve real-world problems in a structured way

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Includes comprehensive teacher tools and training to ensure teachers are prepared to succeed with our technology, curriculum, and pedagogy

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Provides students with the opportunity to earn a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy Certification

6 courses that progress through higher levels of complexity

Ages 7+

Up to 64 hours of activity and instruction per course



Software Development Program (SDP)

Using the latest tools and experience, the Software Development Program provides students with the real-world tools and skills they need to be successful in the 21st century workplace.

Engages students in technical concepts , critical thinking, communications, teamwork, and real-world problem solving

Empowers students to enter the work place and immediately begin adding value

Teaches students skills like:

  • Client Engagement
  • Independent Thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Research and Presentation Skills
  • Problem Solving

12 courses that provide a modern, world-class software development curriculum

Ages 16+

Up to 100 hours of activity and instruction per course

Can be augmented with other courses or used as stand-alone certificate program

Program Levels and Entry Points

Program Levels

Our curriculum has multiple entry points to allow student entry at beginning levels for Primary, Intermediate, and Secondary schools. It is designed to cover multiple core skills in each course:

  • Programming + Math + Science & Engineering + Problem Solving + Language Arts
  • Concepts are integrated through projects in each year’s curriculum.

Primary (Ages 7 and Up)
These courses focus on key foundational skills like communication, computational thinking, creative thinking, and teamwork.

Intermediate (Ages 10 and Up)
Students focus on developing college and career readiness skills as they read, write, discuss, and present their programming and engineering ideas.

Secondary (Ages 14 and Up)
These courses focus to advance programming languages. Students develop skills used in advanced education and professional applications.

Vocational (Ages 16 and Up)
These courses focus on the technical, interpersonal, and real-world skills students need to be successful software-development professionals.

Entry Points

Our materials allow for multiple different entry points. For example, our Robotics curriculum allows for 4 Discrete Entry Points – Levels 1, 3, 6, and 9. The Curricular goals shift between academic levels:

  • Primary / Intermediate begin with STEM Fundamentals
  • Secondary moves to STEM Career & Vocational based activities

Primary (7+)

– Available beginning of 2016
– Available end of 2016
– Available end of 2017
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  • Robotics
    • STEM with Robotics 1  15px_go 
    • STEM with Robotics 2 
    • STEM with Robotics 3 – Movement 
    • STEM with Robotics 4 – Sensors
    • STEM with Robotics 5 – Program Flow
  • Computer Science
    • CS1 – Intro to Computers 15px_go
    • CS2 – Intro to MS Office + STEM with Computing
    • CS3 – STEM with Computing – Intermediate 15px_go
    • CS4 – STEM with Computing – Advanced
    • CS5 – Storytelling with CMU’s Alice 15px_go 

Intermediate (10+)

– Available beginning of 2016
– Available end of 2016
– Available end of 2017
15px_go – Entry Point

  • Robotics
    • Intro to Programming I 15px_go
    • Intro to Engineering I
    • Intro to Programming II
  • Computer Science
    • Learning JAVA with CMU’s Alice  
    • Android Programming – Introduction
    • Android Programming – Advanced 15px_go

Secondary (14+)

– Available beginning of 2016
– Available end of 2016
– Available end of 2017
15px_go – Entry Point

  • Robotics
    • Intro to Engineering II 15px_go
    • Advanced Programming 15px_go
  • Computer Science
    • Learning C# with Unity 3D
    • Building Virtual Game Worlds with Unity 3D
    • Introduction to Software Development
    • Introduction to Software Engineering 

Vocational (16+)

– Available beginning of 2016
– Available end of 2016
– Available end of 2017
15px_go – Entry Point

  • Software Development Program
    • Computing and Problem Solving 15px_go
    • Application Development
    • Application Design Choices
    • Performance, Data Structures and Algorithms
    • Architecture and Design 15px_go
    • Database and Client/Server Applications
    • Human/Computer Interaction and Communication 15px_go
    • Project Management
    • Networking and Security
    • Computer Systems
    • Managing Technical People
    • Personal and Team Processes

Teacher Training and Support

Teacher Training

Robust teaching certification workshops

  • Dynamic, interactive and innovative
  • Employs research-based best practices in faculty development
  • Distills decades of learning research from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy
  • Translates theory into practical teaching strategies
  • Tailored to local needs and challenges
  • Energizes teachers and transforms educational experiences

Certification Levels

We offer Certifications through the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy’s rigorous training programs.

Basic Teachers Certificate

  • Reviews course materials and completed pre-course survey
  • Active participant in Technical Training and completes all assignments
  • 70% or above in the Knowledge Assessment
  • Basic Level according to rubric as part of the Authentic Assessment Technical Exam

Basic Teachers Gold Certificate

  • Reviews course materials and completed pre-course survey
  • Active participant in Technical Training and completes all assignments
  • 90% or above in the Knowledge Assessment
  • Advanced Level according to rubric as part of the Authentic Assessment Technical Exam

Master Training Certificate

  • Reviews course materials and completed pre-course survey
  • Active participant in Technical Training and completes all assignments
  • 90% or above in the Knowledge Assessment
  • Advanced Level according to rubric as part of the Authentic Assessment Technical Exam

Classroom-ready Solutions

Our programs include the tools and support teachers need to be successful in a learner-centered classroom.

Each course includes extensive resources and guidance, including:

Contact Us

Skip Smith
President
Robomatter Inc.
210 Sixth Avenue, Suite 3570
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2616
ssmith@robomatter.com

Tim Friez
Senior Software Developer
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy
10 40th Street Pittsburgh, PA 15201
tfriez@rec.ri.cmu.edu