Elementary Schoolers (Gr. 2-5) who have not taken MRI Robotics Classes before


Mondays from 2:15 PM to 3:45 PM

Apr. 4, 11 & 25, May 2, 9, 16 & 23, Jun. 6 & 13 

There will be no classes on April 18th (FCPS Spring Break Week) or May 30th (Memorial Day).

If April 4th is designated as a FCPS make-up day for school days lost to snow, the April 4th class will be held on Saturday, April 9th.  

The May 2nd class will be 3 hours long (twice the usual length) and will run from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM.

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Churchill Road Elementary School 
7100 Churchill Road
McLean, VA 22101-2609

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Radhika Raju,  MRI Churchill Coordinator 
McLean Robotics Institute 

MRI@Churchill - Introduction to Robotics I (Sec A - Gr 2-5)

The McLean Robotics Institute is pleased to announce the start of our third season of robotics at the Churchill Road School.  Our thanks to Don Hutzel and the CRS PTA for their enthusiastic support, vision and generosity in making this program possible.

The MRI class format features a student-teacher ratio of 6:1 or better, multiple experienced teachers who work as a team, individualized instruction using state of the art technology and small class sizes.  Children typically work in groups of two.

 There are three components to our innovative technique for teaching robotics:

  • The first is the building of various models using Lego parts, principally by following instructions.  This is the easiest part of the program to explain, and one that is easy for virtually every student.
  • The second is the programming and testing of various robot models.  This is somewhat harder and is new material to most children.  At the end of the fall session, each student should be able to independently program a robot to do simple tasks (like moving along a fixed path).
  • The third component is the application of classroom learning (measurement, simple mathematics) to practical problems (e.g., if one rotation of a wheel takes a robot forward four inches, how many rotations need to be programmed for it to travel two feet in a straight line?).  We introduce the concept of solving complex problems by breaking them into smaller and simpler tasks, helping them develop logical problem-solving skills, while simultaneously keeping learning fun.

See MRI's Churchill program website at for more details.

To register for the Section A class (2:15 to 3:45 PM Mondays), click on the link below.

Other Churchill Classes (For Continuing Students)

If you have arrived at this page and find that your child is either new to MRI Robotics or is of a different grade range than that recommended for this class, you may want to navigate to the registration page for the correct class by clicking on the links below.

You can register for the Intro II class (Section B) at 12:30 PM on Mondays (for continuing students who have completed Intro I) by clicking here.

You can register for the Intro III class (Section C) at 4:00 PM on Mondays (for continuing students who have completed Intro I & Intro II) by clicking here.

If either of these links do not work, please navigate to the MRI home page for the Churchill robotics program (at and click on the appropriate registration link in the left side bar.