With more and more schools adopting VEX Robotics as a platform to enrich and enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, there is a need for an integrated program which allows teachers to seamlessly add VEX into their classrooms. As such we have worked with various partners to create an array of VEX curriculum offerings, each tailored to the specific needs of teachers wishing incorporate VEX into their classes. Each offering was developed by forward thinking organizations who are experienced at creating tools to keep STEM education exciting and inspiring.
You have a choice when it comes to professionally developed classroom curriculum for use with the VEX Robotics Design System. Below are five custom tailored VEX Robotics curriculum offerings each with unique goals and methods of implementation. Download this PDF which highlights the main differences between a few these programs created by leading experts in technical education. A short overview of these curriculum packages can be found below.
The VEX EDR Curriculum is designed to help students master the fundamentals of robotics and the engineering design process while learning to use industry-leading CAD software and the leading classroom robotics solution, VEX Classroom & Competition Robotics Kits.
intelitek’s Robotics Engineering Curriculum (REC) is a two-year robotics program for applied science, technology, engineering and mathematics. REC maps to national STEM Standards and custom-maps to any local standard. Real-time per-student basis available using the LearnMate Learning Management System.
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy curriculum is broken into six major sections: safety, project management, planning your project, robotic lessons, programming lessons, and engineering activities. The curriculum is designed to support teachers using the starter kit and also teachers interested in taking advantage of VEX’s advanced features like: advanced programming, controlling motors using PWMs and relays, pneumatics, homebrew sensors, etc.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) partners with middle schools and high schools to provide a rigorous, relevant STEM education. Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning and a love of learning. PLTW features the VEX Robotics Design System in several of its project-based engineering courses.
Analytical Integrated Math (AIM) uses educational robots as tools for exploratory learning that meets Texas educational requirements for Engineering Math, a full-year senior year math class that uses VEX robots in the classroom to teach the math used in high-tech jobs.
AIM is a partnership between DaVinci Minds, Waco Independent School District, intelitek and Teaching Systems Incorporated.