Free Robotics Teaching Resources

We’ve taken our popular robotics explainer blog posts and converted them into slides, available to your classroom for free, simply request access. This free robotics teaching material is hand written by Daniel, who has a master’s degree in robotics & robotic industry experience. With the aim of spreading awareness of robotics as it begins to permeate our society, at Teach Kids Robotics we offer free robotics classroom teaching resources.

Free robotics material for teachers

We recommend covering lesson plans in the order below, as they build on topics possible covered in previous lessons. Available lessons include:

Lesson 1: What is a robot?
Suggested Ages: Middle School+
Slides: Available for free on google drive (simply request access)
Summary: In these slides, we’ll cover what a robot is, how it is defined, the key components that make up a robot and provide some example robots in the world and movies.
Key Topics Explained: Robots, Sense-Plan-Act


Lesson 2: How do robots experience the world?
Suggested Ages: Middle School+
Slides: Available for free on google drive (simply request access)
Summary: In these slides, we’ll cover how robots experience the world, first understanding how us humans experience the world, and then drawing parallels to robots with examples of how a robot experiences the world.
Key Topics Explained: Sensors


Lesson 3: How do robots see?
Suggested Ages: High School+
Slides: Available for free on google drive (simply request access)
Summary: In these slides, we’ll cover how robots see, focusing on two of the most common kinds of sensors in robotics: cameras and LiDARs. We also provide image examples that help explain how a robot translates what its sensors see to data.
Key Topics Explained: Cameras, Computer Vision, LiDARs, Point Clouds


Lesson 4: How do robots know where they are?
Suggested Ages: High School+
Slides: Available for free on google drive (simply request access)
Summary: In these slides, we’ll cover how a robot knows where it is which allows it to move around its environment and specifically to a goal destination. Additionally we provide numerous image representations of how a robot represents the world and navigates with in it. So, how do robots know where they are?
Key Topics Explained: Mapping, Occupancy Grids, Localization, Pose, Coordinate Frames, SLAM, Particle Filtering


Lesson 5: How does a robot decide what to do?
Suggested Ages: High School+
Slides: Available for free on google drive (simply request access)
Summary: In these slides, we’ll cover what determines a robots actions. Why do robots behave or move they way they do? What is the goal of a given robot? We explain these questions with numerous illustrations to highlight robot decision making. So, how does a robot decide what to do?
Key Topics Explained: Planning, Path Planning, Cost function, Heuristic, Costmap, Control Loop, Closed Loop, Open Loop


Lesson 6: Why don’t robots like shiny black floors?
Suggested Ages: High School+
Slides: Available for free on google drive (simply request access)
Summary: In these slides, we’ll cover why robots don’t like shiny black floors. We explain from the perspective of lidars, why this kind of surface becomes a problem for robots.
Key Topics Explained: LIDARs, LIDAR physics


We hope after reading through the above lessons, you can help teach robotics! Feel free to adapt existing material into your own.

For official hands on kits for your classrooms, we recommend checking out LEGO Education’s Spike Prime Set, which comes with ready to start standards aligned lessons targeting a 45 minute class period:

LEGO Education – Spike Prime Set

  • The SPIKE Prime solution brings together LEGO bricks, a programmable, multi-port Hub,coding language based on Scratch and STEAM learning units to help students of all learning levels build confidence and critical thinking skills
  • From easy entry lessons to the limitless creative designs, SPIKE Prime engages students regardless of their learning level in thinking critically, analysing data and solving complex problems with real-world relevance
  • Offering an easy getting started experience, most SPIKE Prime’s standards-aligned lessons can be completed within a 45-minute class period – including building and coding

Looking for more classroom resources? Check out national robotics week!

Looking for hands-on robotics /stem learning kits for your classroom? Check out our hand curated lists:

Best Robotics Kits for Elementary School Students
Best Robotics Kits for Middle School Students
Best Robotics Kits for High School Students