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AOE Robotics and Artificial Intelligence(R&AI) Course

Teacher's Background: 


Dr. AN holds Ph.D degree in robotics field. She has been working on AI and robotics for more than 20 years. She has published more than 30 papers and received many prestigious awards. Moreover, as the owner of patents, she has accomplished several major most-advanced international robotics projects. Dr. AN has extensive experience in guiding students for robot design and implementation.


Age requirement:  Grade 7-12, Age 12-18


Design, build, test and program a robot using sensors, controllers and actuators. The robot must perform a series of task. Preferred team members will join a World Robot Competition in December, 2018. Teams will also be formed from the motivated students to join the 2019/2020 FTC and VEX Robotic competition. 

Course Benefits
Teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge.

  • STEM: Students are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.

  • Discovery: Explore new skills and ideas

  • Innovations: Use creativity and persistence to solve problems

  • Social Skills: Classroom concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications and more.

  • Benefits on the scholarship, special funds for FTC members and future career

  • Fun: Team competition, enjoy and celebrate what we do

R&AI Course Descriptions

  • Learn the basic concept of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

  • Teams will build a robot from the components from FTC and VEX kits, and selected additional sensors and electronic components available from --common sources.

  • The robots are then programmed to complete the exercise while operating in a challenge task.

  • If multiple teams participate in the effort, a logical extension of the exercises would be to have mini-competitions to compare different approaches to the solutions and see which ones perform faster and/or better.

  • The exercises are presented in increasing order of complexity and required level of effort. Many of the exercises will build on the techniques and capabilities developed in previous exercises, so it is suggested that they be competed in approximately the order presented

  • Form FTC Teams and Vex Teams to join the year around competition.


R&AI Course curriculum

The curriculum is divided up into 10 primary Units (two hours each) and 2 optional Units.  Students will start off learning about engineering and engineering problem solving.  They will be given introductions to FTC and VEX EDR robots.  In Unit 6 students will be presented with an engineering challenge; they will need to build a robot to play a game.  After this, the rest of the curriculum walks students through the design of their robot while presenting them with relevant STEM and Robotics principles.  At the end of the course, students compete head-to-head with their robots. A class outline will be distributed to the registered students.  

Course Schedule: 

  • Session 1: 9/16/2018 ~11/18/2018 (Sundays), 18:30 ~20:30 

  • Session 2: 12/2/2018 ~ 2/27/2019 (Sundays), 17:30 ~19:30 (12/23 &12/30 no class)


Location: 100 Park Avenue, #108 Rockville MD 20850

Tuition: $385 ($35 registration fee is non-refundable), Early Bird Discount: $30 0ff ($355 if registered before September 3, 2018.)

To register this course, please click here

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