Robotics & Engineering

The Robots are here to stay.  If you’re using a machine that has electronic components and is programmed to move – then it’s a robot.  Automation is fast taking over manual jobs and robotics engineers are, and will continue to be in high demand for old and new industries.

The StairWay5 robotics curriculum aims to make students well versed in the basics of robotics and then use their unbounded imagination and creativity to design and build robots of their choice. All student creations are added to individual Digital Web Portfolios – something they can take with them and set them apart as they make their journey into their amazing futures.


Here’s our robotics/engineering course line up:

Junior Robotics-Web – Robot Build Projects and Introduction to HTML

Ignite your child’s passion for robotics and coding with this project-based course that lets them show off their technological creations on the internet!

Each student in this course will be provided their robotics sets and kits (Lego, Vex, other) to build multiple motorized robots with sensors.  Robotics and programming concepts will be introduced using the the Graphical Coding Interface to automate the robots.  Students will also be introduced to the Eclipse Integrated Development Environment and HTML to enable them to document and share their builds in their individual Digital Portfolios.

Electronics 1 

This course provides a gentle introduction to the fundamentals of electronics.  Students will learn about the basic components that make up and control electronic circuits.  Students will learn how to create Circuit Diagrams using standard circuit symbols and then create and test their circuits using SNAP Circuits (no soldering required!).  Each diagram and circuit will be added to Student Digital Portfolios with descriptions. Each SNAP Circuit model and it’s components will be discussed and documented.

Robotics 1 (Ages 10+)  Understand components of robots and how they make these machines function, along with their varied uses. Multiple design, plan and build projects to gain hands on understanding of the following:

  • mechanisms that push, pull and lift using wheels/axles, inclined plane, wedge, lever, pulley and screw.
  • machines with motorized movement using motors, gears, drive trains. Understand speed and torque.
  • machines that use plows, scoops and friction grabbers for object manipulation mechanisms.
  • lifting mechanisms such as rotating joints, elevators, and linkages.
  • the robot’s computer (brain) for processing inputs and performing tasks through programming
  • robot sensors to detect inputs such as light, color, objects and motion

At the conclusion of this course, students will be ready build more complex robots and graduate from graphical interface programming to ROBOTC.

See Robotics for more curriculum details.