Our mission is to provide a fun and friendly environment where children can learn, experiment, and create.


We offer after-school, summer camp, and weekend programs for kids 4-14 years old rooted in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) including robotics and computer programming.


Created by an engineer and a former faculty from Carnegie Mellon University, MySTEM Academy has trained over 2,000 children in the past seven years through several K-8 schools in Pittsburgh.

2017 STEM Programs

For Elementary Students

Lego WeDo 2.0 & Tynker Programming I  (rising grades 2 to 4)

NEW ROBOTICS KIT! This camp is designed to engage elementary students in the science, technology, and engineering fields. Students work in pairs on themed projects such as rescue helicopter, bee pollinator, recycling trucks, and earthquake simulators. They use motors, sensors, and a variety of mechanical elements to build, modify, and program to bring their creations to life. Students will also be introduced to Tynker Programming, a visual computer language used to create games and animations on a simple drag-and-drop environment. They will learn the basics of programming language such as sequences of commands, conditional structures, and loops. Students will exercise creativity, problem solving, and critical and logical thinking while working collaboratively, sharing experiences, and completing several hands-on activities.

Lego EV3 Robotics (rising grades 3 to 5)

Students will use the Lego Mindstorms EV3 elements to program their robots to solve a series of challenges every day. They will work in pairs to build with motors of different powers, sensors (touch, ultrasonic, gyro, and color), and program the robot to move and turn accurately, use sensors to detect obstacles and objects of different colors, and play fun games with friends. Lessons will cover topics in computer science, technology, engineering, and math. Campers will learn the fundamentals of programming blocks such as loops, conditional operations, and the use of variables to store sensor values. After mastering the basics of Lego EV3 building and programming, students will be immersed in a series of challenges called Zero Waste: recycling, composting, salvaging, repurposing, sorting, and cleaning up. They will create and test several designs and programs, and collaborate and communicate with other to successfully complete these challenges.

NEW! Makerspace & Tynker Programming II (rising grades 3 to 5)

Designed for elementary students, this camp will encourage students to design, experiment, invent, and build several hands-on projects by immersing in a collaborative learning environment where kids come together to create things. Students will be divided in small groups and rotate through several Makerspace stations where they can create a “bubblebot” and a pinball machine using LittleBits electronics; program Ozobots using paper and markers to solve fun mazes; create a banana piano and paper remote control using Makey Makey; and build numerous projects using  Lego Technic motors and sensors. In the afternoon, students will learn Tynker Programming, a visual programming language similar to Scratch from MIT and Alice from CMU. They will learn the basics of computer programming by creating games, puzzles, and animations in a creative, interactive, and fun environment. This program will promote a challenging environment where students will develop problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and computer programming skills.  

2017 STEM Programs

For Middle School Students

Advanced Robotics for FLL (rising grades 5 to 7)

This program is designed for students who want to engage in the FIRST LEGO League Tournament. Students will be asked to solve missions similar to those in the FLL season. They will learn fundamentals of Lego Technic elements, motors, and wheels to build a robot base taking into consideration center of gravity, torque, gearing, and appropriate use of sensors. Students will work in pairs to design and build their robots. The robots will be submitted to several accuracy tests to identify opportunities for improvement. Programming for FLL will include creating several reusable functions (MyBlocks) such as move a set distance, sensor calibration, and follow the line. The program includes the use of advanced programming concepts such as proportional control, debugging, and decision-making techniques. This program is recommended for students with previous experience in building and programming with Lego EV3, preferably students who are part of an FLL team or have previously participated in the FLL tournament.

VEX IQ Robotics (rising grades 6 to 8)

Designed for middle school students, this program will engage students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). They will learn key concepts of machine and motions and build and program with VEX IQ robots. Students will build their first robot by connecting and pairing the controller and the robot brain, and by using the VEX IQ sensors: touch, distance, color, gyro and touch LED. They will learn how to program using fundamentals of RobotC, a C-based programming language used to command a robot. This will include the use of conditional statements, Boolean operations, loops, functions, and how to use sensor feedback to control the robot’s motion. Students will work in pairs and use their acquired knowledge and creativity to design or change their robots, and create programs to complete the Robot Soccer Game, Cube Disposal Challenge, and the 2017 VEX IQ Crossover Challenge. This is an integrated learning program that allows students to learn, apply, and test several concepts in a real-world environment while having fun working in a team and solving different challenges every day. 

JavaScript and Movie Maker (rising grades 6 to 8) 

This camp is designed to introduce middle school students to JavaScript programming and teach them how to create basic HTML web pages that include videos produced by the students themselves. They will learn the fundamental skills of computer programming by creating and manipulating different types of variables, using conditional and loops statements, and creating and using several types of functions and arrays. The HTML web page can be used to visualize JavaScript programs on a web browser, and link different elements to it. Students will record and produce several videos or slide shows, and edit them with Adobe Premiere Elements. The movie editing tool will allow students to add elements such as titles, transitions effects, music, and narration. By mastering the basic concepts of JavaScript programming, HTML documents, and creation of videos, students can let their imagination run to produce a variety of fun projects to share with friends and family while leaning programming skills and integrating technologies in a real-world environment. 

"We are happy to have such high quality programs

for kids here in Pittsburgh. Highly recommended!"

Robin Shoop, Director, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy

We make every effort to provide our customers with the best value and quality services.

Growing a New Generation

MySTEM Academy was created in 2010 (originally as GreenE Academy)  by Maria Yamanaka (Masters degree in Engineering from CMU) and Marcel Bergerman (former faculty at the CMU Robotics Institute). They strongly believe children should learn Computer Programming and Robotics at an early age to be ready for a future when logical thinking and system-oriented design will be key to a successful career. This is why MySTEM Academy has been creating new programs to reach younger audiences every year.

MySTEM Academy students have received several awards in Robotics and Programming. Our solid experience in the STEM field and successful track record make us a trusted education service provider and partner.

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