FAQ – STEM with Robotics
Why STEM with Robotics Program?
It provides students the opportunity to build, program and design their robots from scratch using LEGO EV3 or VEX IQ.
The program uses real world problems to engage students and contextualize learning that includes robot stimulation software that enables every student to program using a virtual robot (Robot Virtual World©). It will expose them to situation which build on their problem solving and analytical skill sets. It emphasizes the Big Ideas of STEM with Robotics, such as Computational Thinking, Communication & Collaboration and through the use of Technology and Engineering to deliver the curriculum.
CM Asia Learning’s STEM with Robotics program is designed for Primary, Secondary and Pre-University levels.
What are the entry levels for Robotics Program?
Our program entry levels are RBT1, RBT3 and RBT6/7 (refer to red stars indicated in the chart).
- At RBT1: This is the basic entry course, which is designed for the lower Primary, P1 to 3.
- At RBT3: This is the intermediate entry course, which is designed for the upper Primary, P4 to 6.
- At RBT6/7: This is the advance entry course, which is designed for the Secondary level, S1 to 4.
Why Primary/Grade 4 to 6 are suggested to start the program at RBT3 and not RBT1?
Our curriculum and related activities are age-appropriate. Hence, if we were to teach Primary 4 to 6 students who are already at the age of 10 to 12 with RBT1, it will be too simple for them.
RBT3 is the recommended entry point for the Primary/Grade 4 to 6 levels.
For students who start at RBT3, will they miss the RBT1 and 2 lessons?
No. At the entry-level courses, students will be provided with bridging lessons to understand RBT1 and 2 courses and equipped them with the necessary knowledge and skill sets to fully understand the basic of the program.
Why the entry point at RBT6/7 at the intermediate level and not basic RBT1?
Our courses are developed based on age-appropriateness. It is not advisable to start the secondary to the basic level of courses, as they will find it too simple. Hence, we have designed the entry point at RBT6/7 for the secondary.
The entry-level course will have bridging lessons to equipped students with the necessary knowledge and skills for full understanding of the basic levels of the program.
With no experience, are the students able to understand without going through the basic?
Yes. All our entry-level courses are designed with bridging lessons to familiarize the students with the basic of the program.
What’s in Robot Virtual World (RVW)© ? At which level will this be implemented and how does it help the students?
Robot Virtual World© (RVW) is a simulation environment to test strategies and if the robot works as planned. It is a perfect complement to the building a physical robot with minimal errors.
Till date, CM Asia Learning is the only educational provider in the region who complements their curriculum with RVW in the education space. The RVW is a simulation environment that comes with building and design tools to test and trial their programmed robots. RVW allows students to do the exact Math trial in the virtual space that provides 100% accurate measurement to building their dream robots.
Once students start the STEM with Robotics program; at any levels, they will have their own personalised RVW accounts where they can work on and offline.
Is STEM with Robotics designed only for Primary School Levels (Grade 1 to 6)?
No. There are courses designed for Primary, Secondary to Pre-University levels.
We have courses from RBT1 to 10. Our programs’ permutation is drawn based on request.
Please contact us to discuss a better-designed program for you.
What are the differences between LEGO EV3 and VEX IQ?
The key differences are mainly in the technical specificiations and cost, please see table below.
Nonetheless, both LEGO EV3 and VEX IQ serve the same purpose of engaging students and contextualize learning that includes robot stimulation software (Robot Virtual World©). It emphasizes the Big Ideas in STEM with Robotics, such as Computational Thinking, Communication & Collaboration and through the use of Technology and Engineering to deliver the curriculum.
All our STEM programs are designed to encourage student centric learning.
Will students earn certification after they complete the program?
Yes, there will be an option to choose between a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy or CM Asia Learning’s certification.
All students will receive an Acknowledge of Completion from CM Asia Learning after each completed courses.