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Empowering Nevada Teachers

The Desert Research Institute’s Science Alive program is heading up the state-wide Robotics Academy of Nevada (RAN) to empower Nevada teachers to inspire, facilitate, and coach robotics education at their schools. The desired short-term outcomes of the RAN are that teachers/coaches are given proper training and support so their students are prepared and participate in robotics competitions. The long-term outcomes are that once a student participates in the robotics competitions they have a better understanding and likeness in the STEM fields and have a desire to pursue STEM careers.

The RAN will consist of higher education institutions, Robotics education organizations, Industry partners, and school district personnel. The RAN will be designed with three main pillars to achieve this goal; trainings, year-long support, and evaluation.



Summer Teacher Training

Free and informative. The Robotics Academy of Nevada offering two FREE 5-day summer trainings for any middle and high school teacher interested in learning more about robotics and coaching a robotics team. Teachers will earn 1 in-service learning credit for the first two days on content overview and then will be eligible for a $300 stipend upon completion of the hands-on robotics sessions.

  • Southern Nevada Training: May 28th- June 1st
  • Northern Nevada Training: June 17th- 21st

**Housing available for Northern Nevada rural teachers only**
Please contact Julie Albright for questions.


Day 1-2: Engineering, Programming, and Robotics Content:

  • roboticsimage3.2Intro to the engineering design process, programming, and robotics
  • Integrating STEM into K-12 classrooms
  • Grand Challenges in Engineering activities for the classrooms

Day 3-4: Hands-on Robotics sessions (breakouts)

  • VEX Robotics: VEX IQ and VRC technical and coaching training
  • FIRST Robotics: FLL, FRC, and FTC technical and coaching training

Day 5: Robotics Competitions

  • Mock competitions

If you are interested please review the overview and commitment documents for FIRST NV and REC Foundation (VEX) before applying.

Can’t come to training but still want to coach a robotics team? Please contact:

* Northern Nevada- Dale Payne
* Southern Nevada- Nikki Meador

Other questions? Please contact: Craig Rosen


RAN Partners


Science Alive   University of Nevada, Las Vegas  University of Nevada, Reno



REC Foundation  FIRST Regional NEVADA



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