Certification Information

Certification plays an important role in our Program.

Robomatter works with the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy to ensure that trainers have an understanding of our Pedagogy, Implementation, and Content Knowledge. Certification exams are created, maintained and administered on Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy servers at the CS-STEM network.

Certifying educators means that the educator is ready to take on the challenge of preparing other educators with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully teach our courses using our core principals and methodologies. Educators who are certified are then qualified to certify students in the individual courses.

Our research has shown that first-time implementations of our curriculum has been successful as seen in our white paper [Student Success During First Implementations].

This page helps identify the process involved in getting certified, the requirements to do so, and Frequently Asked Questions. If you still have questions about our program, please feel free to contact us anytime.

Certification Structure

Robomatter Trainer

Training from a Robomatter Trainer is the top level of training offered. Trainees that complete certification at this level receive a Master Trainer certification.

 

Master Trainer

After completing a certification class with a Robomatter Trainer, Master Trainers are eligible to train and certify STEM Educators.

 

STEM Educator

After completing a certification class with a Master Trainer, STEM Educators are eligible to train and certify students.

 

Students

If trained by a STEM Educator, students are eligible to take a certification exam and receive a student certification.

Certification Levels

Certification available from the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy.

What is required?

Who can I train and certify?

Student

Go through a course offered by a certified educator and pass the final exam with at least 70%.

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Educators

STEM Educator

Go through training by certified Master Trainer and pass the final exam with at least 70%.

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Master Trainer

Go through training offered by a Robomatter trainer and pass the final exam with at least 90%.

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Master Training Certification Requirements

Certification exams are created, maintained and administered on Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy servers at the CS-STEM network (CS2N.org).

 

What do I need to do to get certified?

To successfully achieve a Master Trainer certification for Robomatter courses, you must:

  1. Prepare for the training session by reviewing any provided pre-course materials.
  2. Attend Master Training sessions offered by Robomatter that cover the certification course materials.
  3. Submit all assignments required within the course prior to their due dates. This includes daily assignments as well as your portfolio assignment (if required).
  4. Inform your instructor that all assignments required for the class have been submitted and request access to the Master Trainer Certification Exam for the course. Access to the exam is only granted once all required assignments have been submitted.

 

How do I access the Master Training Certification Exam?

After completing step 4 of the above requirements, your instructor will provide an invitation to the certification exam via a CS-STEM network link. To accept the invitation, click the provided link. After the invitation has been accepted, please allow 24-48 hours for your instructor to verify completion of all required assignments and grant access to the exam.

 

After I successfully pass the certification exam, how do I view my certificate on CS2N.org?

To view your certification, you must do the following:

  1. Log onto CS2N.org
  2. Click on “My Achievements”
  3. Look for your certification achievement
  4. Click on the icon to get to the details of the certification
  5. Click “Print” on the left of the page

Timeline for Certification Phases

Master Teacher Certification Phases

Phase 1: Get Trained

  • Attend Master Training sessions offered by Robomatter that cover the certification course materials.

Phase 2: Submit Assignments

  • Submit all assignments required within the course prior to their due dates. This includes daily assignments as well as your portfolio assignment (if required).

Phase 3: Take Exam

  • Take the certification exam on the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy’s CS-STEM network (CS2N.org).

Phase 4: Print Or Retrieve Certificate

  • The certification is obtained on CS2N.org. To view your certification, you must do the following:
    1. Log onto CS2N.org
    2. Click on “My Achievements”
    3. Look for your certification achievement
    4. Click on the icon to get to the details of the certification
    5. Click “Print” on the left of the page

Student Certification Phases

Phase 1: Setup Information: Forty-five days prior to testing day

  • Provide a class roster using the CS2N class roster template.
  • Identify the specific exam that the students will be taking.(The course being certified and the type of certification – teacher or student certification test.)
  • Identify the day and the time that the exam will be taken.
  • Request the date when the certification exam will be closed. (This is typically a one-week window.)

Phase 2: Generate Accounts: Thirty days prior to testing day

  • Generate a unique CS2N Exam code that identifies the Exam Level and the organization/class taking the exam.
  • Associate the Exam Code with individual student account codes. The Individual Student Codes will align with the names from the CS2N class roster above.
  • Email account spreadsheet format to the Educational Organization along with instructions on how to facilitate the exam.

Phase 3: Technical Test: Fifteen days prior to testing day

  • The Educational Organization is responsible to test the reliability of the internet connection and computers from all testing locations to ensure proper connectivity speed and reliability. CMRA will provide a step by step testing procedure.
  • Any issues should be reported immediately so that CMRA can test the connection from their end. Testing should occur 2 weeks before the actual examination date to ensure proper time to troubleshoot any problems.

Phase 4: Testing Day

  • The Educational Organization facilitates testing on the pre-specified date at the examination locations.
  • If for some reason the testing is not taken on that date, notification should be sent to CMRA prior to the test date, so that adjustments can be made.

Phase 5: Invoicing: Ten days after testing

  • CMRA will process the results of the test and send them back in the same format.
  • A mutually agreed upon invoice will be generated and given to the organization for payment.

Certification FAQ

1. Is the teacher certification multiple choice?

Yes, currently the teacher certification is a series of multiple choice questions. This is subject to change and may include different forms of questions in the future.

1-a. What standard of competency do they need to be at to pass the test?
The examination tests the proficiency of knowledge for the content taught in the course(s). It is understood that the questions will only include the concepts taught throughout the course(s).
1-b. Do they need to become certified before they start teaching students, or can they attempt certification later in the year?
No, Teachers do not need to be certified before teaching the courses.
1-b-i. If they do that, does that affect a student’s ability to obtain certification?
No, Teachers do not need to be certified before teaching the courses.
2. How does testing work in the curricula – what progress is tracked and where are marks assigned?
Progress is not tracked. Some worlds in Robot Virtual Worlds allow you to log in using your CS2N account. CS2N stores achievements when a user completes certain activities inside the world. Robomatter does not support progress tracking this way, since CS2N is a product of Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, and some of the Robomatter activities do not include Robot Virtual Worlds components.
3. Does any technological infrastructure need to be set up for student certification and the transmission of results to CMRA to occur?
No, the students simply need to log into CS2N.org and choose a specific URL for the exam. Students’ accounts can be generated through a roster sheet, which is done by a CS2N administrator. If there is a need for further integration into your own system (e.g. single sign-on), you can contact Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy.
3-a. If students just use the curricula web link and the software programs with their CS2N username, can they still sit in the certification? Or is an LMS needed to track results?
No, students need to be given specific access to the exams. They cannot simply find the link to the exam just by having a CS2N account. There does not need to be an LMS to track results.
4. What does the test look like?
The test is currently a series of multiple choice questions. This is subject to change and may include different forms of questions in the future.
4-a. Is it done in groups or individually?
Exams can be taken during class, but should not be collaborative. Exams are submitted individually as every student needs their own CS2N account.
4-b. How much time should be allocated to it?
The amount of time allocated will depend on the course. Lower level courses require less time (e.g. 1 hour), while higher level courses can require up to 2 hours.
4-c. What happens if an individual fails; can a student re-sit and does this affect certification obtainment?
Yes, exams require a grade of 70% or higher to pass. Students will get two attempts. If a student does not get 70% or higher on one of their two attempts, they will not receive a certification.
5. The ‘test’ which students take at the end of the year – do they pass purely on the test or is a record of achievement and progress over the course included as well?
The final exam at the end is the only requirement to receive Student Certification. There is no record of achievement or progress over the course.
6. How do students obtain the link for the testing? Can they do this at the end of the course by themselves or do I need to request it?
Accounts can be generated by filling out a roster sheet of the students’ information. Doing this will allow the same students to be placed into future exam groups. Exams should be requested at least forty-five days ahead of time to provide enough time to test connectivity and reliability from all testing locations.
7. What happens if they fail – can they re-sit and does this affect certification obtainment?
There are two attempts available to the students to take the exams.
8. How do students obtain the certification?
Certificates are given digitally through the cs2n.org site. The ability to print the certificate is offered on the site.
8-a. Do they need to have been taught by a certified teacher to obtain student certification?
Yes.
8-b. If so, how do teachers obtain certification? Is it based on any special kind of training or is it purely based on paying for it?
Certified teachers must undergo training and pass the final exam in order to be certified themselves. After a teacher is certified, he or she can certify students.
9. What does the certification look like?
Certificates are given digitally through the cs2n.org site. The ability to print the certificate is offered on the site. Each certificate is personalized with the student’s name and his or her area of achievement.
9-a. Is it a digital certificate or a PDF certificate?
Both. It is a digital image on CS2N, and can be printed as a certificate.
9-b. Is it provided by email or is it available for download from CMRA site?
It is available for download through CS2N.org.
10. How many phases are in the Certification Student Exam Process?

There are five phases. Three of the phases lead up to the actual examination, and one phase occurs after the examination has taken place.

11. What happens during phase 1 of the Student Certification Exam Process?

In Phase 1 (45 days prior to exam open date), the Educational Organization makes the request to take the certification test. The organization will:

  1. Provide a class roster using the CS2N class roster template.
  2. Identify the specific exam that the students will be taking. (The course being certified and the type of certification – teacher or student certification test).
  3. Identify the day and the time that the exam will be taken.
  4. Request the date when the certification exam will be closed. (This is typically a one-week window).
12. What happens during phase 2 of the Student Certification Exam Process?

Phase 2 (thirty days prior to exam open date) takes place on the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy (CMRA) side. During this phase, they will:

  1. Generate a unique CS2N Exam code that identifies the Exam Level and the organization/class taking the exam.
  2. Associate the Exam Code with individual student account codes. The Individual Student Codes will align with the names from the CS2N class roster above.
  3. Email account spreadsheet format to the Educational Organization along with instructions on how to facilitate the exam.
13. What happens during phase 3 of the Student Certification Exam Process?

Phase 3 (fifteen days prior to exam open date) consists of Technology Testing. The Educational Organization is responsible to test the reliability of the Internet connection and computers from all testing locations to ensure proper connectivity speed and reliability. CMRA will provide a step by step testing procedure.

Note: Any issues should be reported immediately so that CMRA can test the connection from their end. Testing should occur two weeks before the actual examination date to ensure proper time to troubleshoot any problems.

14. What happens during phase 4 of the Student Certification Exam Process?

During Phase 4 (exam open date), the Educational Organization facilitates testing on the pre-specified date at the examination locations.

Note: If for some reason the testing is not taken on that date, notification should be sent to CMRA prior to the test date, so that adjustments can be made.

15. What happens during phase 5 of the Student Certification Exam Process?

Phase 5 (ten days after exams have been implemented) consists of reporting test results. During this time:

  1. CMRA will process the results of the test and send them back in the same format.
  2. A mutually agreed upon invoice will be generated and given to the organization for payment.