STEM Robotics 101 PD


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STEM Robotics 101 Testimonials

"This has been one of the most informative workshops that I've been to in a long time."  Vancouver attendee

"Great course!  I wish I had had this 10 years ago instead of trying to put it all together myself."  Kent attendee

"This has been one of the best professional development opportunities in my 25 years of teaching." Richland attendee


FIRST® Washington Awarded Computer Science Education Grant to Launch Statewide STEM Robotics 101 Professional Development Program

FIRST Washington has introduced thousands of students to Computer Science (CS) and STEM through its series of Robotics competitions, including 600 FIRST® LEGO® League teams last year alone.  Most teams are after school clubs, which can limit access for traditionally under-represented CS/STEM students. To help drive CS/STEM equity statewide, Robotics needs to be a daytime classroom offering, enabling under-represented students to envision CS/STEM as a part of their future before they enter high school.  


FIRST Washington’s “STEM Robotics 101: Computer Science for the Masses” proposal was awarded funding by OSPI through the Computer Science Education Grant to launch the statewide STEM Robotics 101 Professional Development Program in April 2016. To date, the STEM Robotics 101 PD program has reached 420+ teachers with thirty seven 2-day Intro workshops at 15 sites around the state and followed up with numerous 1-day Advanced Topics workshops. 


What Is STEM Robotics 101?

STEM Robotics 101 (Robo101) is a Washington-grown curriculum with 3,700+ registered teacher-users worldwide and an OSPI-approved framework and professional development (PD).  


The STEM Robotic 101 PD Program is designed to train and equip existing elementary, middle and high school teachers to become their school’s CS/STEM teacher.  No prior experience in CS, STEM or Robotics is required.


Features of the STEM Robotics 101 Professional Development Program include:

  • The two-day hands-on professional development (computers, software and robots supplied) with an experienced instructor
  • OSPI-certified STEM Clock Hours for Professional Development (Intro = 12 hrs; Advanced = 6 hrs)
  • Free OSPI-approved model framework, leadership equivalencies and standards alignment
  • A free turn-key, customizable curriculum repository
  • A one-time 5% discount off the best internet volume pricing on a classroom set of LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 kits
  • Eligibility for STEM Robotics 101 Lesson Bounty Program, with a teacher-stipend for adding new lessons to STEM Robotics 101
  • Eligibility for Advanced Topics Professional Development, including Advanced LEGO® Programming, Robo-Math, Robo-Science, Data Logging, Technology-demystification lessons, Java Programming on LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 and FLL Primers.


Please review our Frequently Asked Questions page for more program details and the link to sign up for the STEM Robotics 101 PD program.