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Whoever said, “science, technology, engineering, and math can’t be fun”, never played with robots.

Posted By Shawn Hardina, Monday, January 19, 2015
Updated: Monday, January 19, 2015


I am excited to let you know about our new series of workshops for schools, families, and youth organizations. 

At East Valley Robotics Academy, or EVRA, we are “programmed” for fun and your family, school, or organization can be too! Our vision is to create a collaborative community empowered to inspire children of all ages to become the next generation of visionary innovators. EVRA does this through a collection of courses and experiences designed to ENGAGE, EDUCATE, and EMPOWER adults and children in science, technology, engineering, and math by literally playing with robots. Whether parent or teacher, professional or hobbyist, school or youth organization, EVRA can develop a customized plan to help implement a successful and sustainable robotics program that meets your individual needs. Not an expert in STEM or robotics? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.


That’s why we’re here. Our ENGAGE Series introduces basic robotics systems, Wonder Workshops for early learners, and team-based collaboration with the East Valley Youth Robotics League. Then explore the use of robotics in learning, program creation, and team development with our EDUCATE Series. Finally, fill your robotics “tool box” with our EMPOWER Series – basic hands-on courses that cover Robotics, Engineering, Computer Programming, and Electronics. No boring classroom lecture
here! We are all about the experience – you learn while doing and so will the kiddos!


We are currently offering the following workshops. You can find more information and sing up here:


Workshop for teachers, parents, and businesses

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math: Program Creation and Sustainability

Are you a school leader or youth mentor with the task of creating or improving a STEM program in a school or youth center? Are you a parent or a business owner who wants to learn how to help support the creation of customized and sustainable STEM programs? The East Valley Robotics Academy is here to help!!!


Throughout this course, you gain insight into the strategies used to create a strong program foundation and vision. You will also learn how to use these insights to grow and market your program, to empower your organization, and drive long term results.


Learn more and sign up here


Wonder Workshops for ages 4 - 8

The engaging and fun Wonder Workshops are intended to be enjoyed by a parent and their child.  Parents who want to learn how to provide more robotics related experiences for children and who want to learn with their children would a perfect fit for this course. 

My First Robot

Children can build their first robot with the help of a parent.  You will be able to build, decorate, and test (and keep) your own robot.  You chose from the Smart Robot, Brush Robot, or the Tin Can Robot when you register.

Learn more and sign up here

Engineering for Girls

This session is designed for our younger female innovators and builders (but yes boys can come too!).  Girls and a parent will use the GoldieBlox sets to provide an innovative and fun toy for girls, designed to develop early interest in engineering and confidence in problem-solving.

Learn more and sign up here

Engineering with Insects (Hexbugs)

No, we don’t mean real insects. In this course parents will learn how to use Hexbugs (really cool mechanical bugs) to teach engineering principles, problem solving, and innovation to young learners. 

Learn more and sign up here

Exploring Electricity

In this session you will be able to explore different concepts about electricity.  You will be able to:

  • Study electronics using Snap Circuits®.
  • Explore basic circuits using batteries, wire, and light bulbs
  • Create an electromagnet using wire, batteries, and a nail.
  • Learn how to make conductive dough. 

Learn more and sign up here


You can learn more the East Valley Robotics Academy by visiting our website at or by contacting me at

I look forward to helping you inspire the next generation of innovative problem solvers.


Shawn Hardina

East Valley Robotics Academy, LLC - Owner


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