It is with great regret that we announce the passing of Tom Atwood, Executive Director and
Editor-in-Chief of The National Robotics Education Foundation.

Known for his outstanding ability to transmit knowledge amongst the stakeholders in the areas he served, he launched several successful magazine titles spanning full scale aviation, radio control hobbies and robotics. In the early 1990s, at Air Age Media, Tom helped revitalize Model Airplane News as Editor- in-Chief, and he cofounded Flight Journal Magazine with Budd Davisson and the late Jeff Ethell.

After joining Maplegate Media in 2003, he led the launch of Fly RC, RC Heli Pilot and Robot magazines. There, he oversaw the production of the initial 50+ issues of Robot over a period of 7+ years gaining for it a reputation for being on the forefront of scientific advancement.

Notably, Tom always stroved to serve the community. In 1992, Tom received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of Defense, personally signed by then Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney, for orchestrating shipment of over 100,000 RC magazines to our armed forces serving in Desert Storm. He has received other awards and honors owing to his community service, as well.

Mr. Atwood holds a Juris Doctor (JD) from New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University of Arizona. As Executive Director of NREF, Tom focused on facilitating the growth of national robotics-based educational programs.


Our Mission:

We encourage and promote careers in science, technology, engineering, and math for today's students.

Robotics Learning

The National Robotics Education Foundation (NREF) specializes in robotics learning, helping promote robotics among students of all age groups. We aim to promote interest in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with an easy access to robotics education resources.

NREF is a reliable source to find curricula, products and learning resources for robotic education. We help in bringing robotics into the educational curriculum for grades 1 to 12 and encourage them to find passion in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Give learners an early start with high-quality resources so that they can create a strong foundation.

Feel free to browse the list of course and programs here.

Making Robotics Learning Easier

Robotics will become a huge part of everything in the world. From industries to education to research and even offices, robotics is going to be play an important role. Students can benefit from learning robotics so that they can have a great start in their STEM career.

NREF brings a wide range of STEM and robotics education resources like curriculums, courses and STEM kits. You will find a variety of STEM-based robotics programs by leading organizations. You will find plethora of options to choose from. Robotics is used for many fields like CAD programs, NASA, LEGO building, artificial intelligence and more.

Here in NREF, you will find a list of popular as well as the best robotics education courses you need.

Why Robotics Learning Matters

Robotics learning can change the way students learn. It will not only help them learn new things, but prepare for a bright future in STEM. It will promote creativity and innovation in students. Students will learn how to innovate and create things that can make a world better place to live in.

STEM education is aimed at promoting as well as encouraging students to make a career in it. When they have a great start at an early stage, students can make an informed decision. It will become easier for them to start a career in STEM in their future.

NREF brings students and education institutions and experts together in one place. You will find helpful information and resources to learn robotics.

Why Choose National Robotics Education Foundation (NREF)

National Robotics Education Foundation (NREF) is one of the best places to find information and resources and support you need for robotics learning. With an expert team that is passionate about robotics, NREF is the best place to find out about Robotics learning. We bring you high-quality, reliable and research-based robotics programs for students from grade 1 to 12.

You will find all the details about the various robotics curriculum on the website. NREF is a community where robotics educators, students, hobbyists, and everything interested in the topic are welcome.

With the aim to expand the universe of robotics, NREF is growing every day. Newer information is updated and added to create a robust list of robotics courses and programs.