The Robotics Academy of Nevada

Thanks to the support of Tesla and Nevada Gold Mines, the Robotics Academy of Nevada (RAN) is a week-long teacher training for educators to become robotics coaches and to increase teacher confidence to bring more STEM robotics into the classrooms. Teachers experience a week-long training course in a variety of robotics platforms, learning the fundamentals of designing and building a robot. In addition to hands-on workshops, participants will attend speaker sessions with local robotics/STEM professionals and network with local robotics coaches. 

Robotics Academy of Nevada 2021

We are happy to announce the dates of this year’s Robotics Academy of Nevada (RAN) for Nevada’s educators and community leaders. RAN will be held the week of June 21st – 25th, 2021. Space will be limited!

June 21st – 25th

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m daily

This Year’s Event

The 2021 RAN event is a FREE week-long training for educators and community leaders to become robotics coaches. Workshop offerings are designed to increase confidence in bringing robotics and STEM education into the classroom and beyond. The week will be filled with keynote speakers, hands-on at home workshops, and community networking sessions. There will be both virtual (state-wide) and in-person (Reno and Henderson) options available.

Learn About the Robotics Platforms

This year’s training will highlight the VEX GO, VEX IQ, and FIRST LEGO League platforms. Learn more about each platform by watching the videos below so you can decide which workshops to attend.

VEX Robotics

– VEX Education EcoSystem for PreK – College

– Getting Started with VEX GO

– Getting Started with VEX IQ

FIRST Robotics

– Getting Started with FIRST LEGO League Challenge

– FIRST Prepares Young People


– This Isn’t a Robot


Register to Attend!

Registration is open for the 2021 Robotics Academy of Nevada. Space will be limited!


New To Robotics and Want to Start a Team?

Educators who plan to start a NEW robotics team during the 2021-2022 school year may be eligible for a stipend to attend this year’s RAN. You will be required to contact your region’s robotics coordinator before the event to discuss the grant process, robot option, and commitment requirements. If planning on attending this training, please reach out to the contact below, depending on your region, to discuss robotics at your school or organization.

Southern NV – Nikki,

Northern NV – Dale,

Robotics Academy of Nevada 2021 begins in:








The RAN’s Goal

The goal of the RAN is to empower Nevada teachers to inspire, facilitate, and coach robotics education at their schools and to integrate robotics and STEM education into the classroom setting.

Two teachers sit at a table with a small VEX robot.

Program Outcomes

  • Short-Term: Teachers and coaches are given proper training and support, so students are prepared and participate in robotics competitions.
  •  Long-Term: Once students participate in robotics competitions, they have a better understanding of STEM fields and have a desire to pursue STEM careers.
  • To increase robotics and STEM education in the classroom setting.

Program Pillars

  • Robotics training institutes throughout the state of Nevada, run by competent coaches and educators.
  • Ongoing support and training of aspiring robotics coaches from communities all over Nevada.
  • Program evaluation and improvement based on feedback from participants and robotics professionals.
Two educators tinker with a robot and laugh at a Robotics Academy of Nevada training session.

RAN in the News

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Apr 16, 2019

New Robotics Academy of Nevada to Offer K-12 Teacher Trainings

The Robotics Academy of Nevada – a new statewide professional development program funded by Tesla’s K-12 Education Investment Fund – is being developed by the Desert Research Institute…

Jun 20, 2019

Campus-based, Tesla-supported Academy Helps Teachers Advance STEM…

The Robotics Academy of Nevada is helping 60 Northern Nevada middle and high-school teachers sharpen their teaching skills, introduce engineering and robotics into their classrooms…

May 23, 2019

UNLV, Tesla Partner on Robotics Academy for K-12 Teachers

The Robotics Academy of Nevada – a new statewide professional development program funded by Tesla’s K-12 Education Investment Fund – will launch this summer…

Past Trainings


Year Dates Location Nevada Robotics Training Events
2018 Nov. 2 – 4 Las Vegas VEX Coaches Training – South
2018 Nov. 16 – 18 Reno VEX Coaches Training – North
2018 Dec. 1 Reno Solar Rollers Teacher Training – North
2019 May 27 – 31 Las Vegas RAN 5-Day Teacher Training – South
2019 June 17 – 21 Reno RAN 5-Day Teacher Training – North
2019 Sept. 21 Las Vegas RAN Refresher – South
2019 Sept. 28 Reno RAN Refresher – North
2019 Nov. 8 – 9 Las Vegas VEX IQ Elementary Teacher Training – South
2019 Dec. 13 – 14 Reno VEX IQ Elementary Teacher Training – North
2020 June 16 – 18 Virtual VEX IQ Elementary Teacher Training for Title 1 Schools
2020 June 23 – 25 Virtual VEX IQ Elementary Teacher Training for Title 1 Schools
2020 Nov. 4 – 5 and 7 Virtual VEX GO for Pre-Service Elementary Teachers


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