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A place to encourage discovery, creation, and learning—beyond the conventional—by supplying tools, inspiration, and know-how to spark the making, exploring, failing, sharing, trying-again, teaching and experiencing that make for a rich education.

Book a STEAMpunk! 

Set a date with one of KU's most talented team of makers & crafters to learn a fun and valuable skill: from 3D printing to sewing to Photoshop!

What's awesome NOW?

A Robotics Contest for the Rest of Us!

Join the fun in Rohrbach Library's pan-disciplinary 'bot competition! Each team needs a student from every College, so that includes you! Hit here to ask questions or to enter.

LEGO robotics contest

Make the coolest buttons!

 Set up a date to meet with a STEAMpunk to see how.

Buttonmaking for Badasses Schedule a quick session for pro tips about designing for, and using, our button maker. Learn ways to get your message on a backpack, or lots of them!

Buttons displayed on a wall

Sewing & Embroidery!

 Set up a date to meet with a STEAMpunk to see how.

Stitching is enriching! Come in to learn and to make your dream costume!

Jamari sewing a bag for a cosplay event

Learn to Greenscreen!

 Set up a date to meet with a STEAMpunk to see how.

Greenscreening Your World See how to put yourself (or your 3D-printed Eiffel Towers) anywhere in the universe! In a photo or a video, anyway.

Cows in a field with the Eiffel Tower

Sew and Embroider—Digitally!

 Set up a date to meet with a STEAMpunk to see how

Stitching is enriching! Come in to learn and to make your dream costume!

Janome embroidery machine

3D Prining

 Set up a date to meet with a STEAMpunk to see how.

If you can think it, maybe you can print it! Come for workshops and one-on-one sessions to learn about designing objects in three dimensions and printing them in glorious plastic.

 

 

Jake and his print of a game piece

Virtual Reality!

 Set up a date to meet with a STEAMpunk to see how.

VR for Fun & Learning Think VR is not for people like you? Odds are you’re mistaken! Click to book an expert STEAMpunk tour guide.

Folks having fun in virtual reality

What's STEAM, again?

What's S.T.E.A.M. ?

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math

The STEM acronym, applied to high-tech fields of study, has become ever more familiar outside the world of education. Mentioned by name in several State of the Union speeches, STEM drives initiatives aimed at preparing us for what the former President called "jobs of tomorrow." Wise educators and technologists alike have long recognized the importance of art and design to the STEM fields; indeed, to life itself. For us, STEAM suggests energy, heat, motion—and the acronym could just as easily be TEAMS in light of the collaboration and mutual support that Rohrbach Library's makerspace and others like it strive to foster.

 

Ours is a school with a Computer Science professor who's an electronic musician of international renown, collaborating with faculty in Physics and Fine Arts and even a bagpiping geologist on visual-aural extravaganzas in the Planetarium...it's a campus where an entomologist teaches with a cartoonist, an astrophysicist with an art educator. Kutztown is all STEAMed up, and we love it!

Welcome

Looking for a fun place where Big Ideas can come to life? A hub where you can connect with makers and tinkerers and wizards of all stripes? Then you belong with us in STEAMworks, creating your new idea!

STEAMworks, located in RL18 on the Ground Floor of Rohrbach Library, is a big space loaded with tools to help you turn your ideas into reality and to share your brainstorms worldwide, or to learn something new at your own pace. Crucially, STEAMworks is a space where other people do exactly those things. Come in and learn new tools, share ideas, create new solutions to problems. Who knows what will happen when an artist and a physicist, an English major and a computer scientist, an educator and a Business major, all get to work side by sidethe fruits of such collaborations are A-MAZ-ING!

This web guide shows some of the TOOLS available, along with a growing body of instructions to help you get started. There's also information on upcoming WORKSHOPS that give you the opportunity to learn a new skill, or to take your knowledge to the next level.

We want to hear from you.  So give us some FEEDBACK about what you would like to see STEAMworks doing or about tools we should add. It's you who make this place happen!

Eager to learn for fun? Schedule a live tutorial with a STEAMpunk

Design, create, share, enjoy!

Got a group? Plan a visit!

Classes, clubs, & clusters of creatives...

...are always more than welcome here! Groups of five or more need to follow common-sense guidelines to help everyone enjoy a great experience:

  • Let us know well in advance when your group will come. Weeks are better than days are way better than hours.
  • Tell us how many folks to expect. We've got lots of chairs, and we can get more.
  • Tip us off regarding special needs & requests. STEAMworks aims to please!

Even though our room holds dozens of happy people, herding your posse in by surprise can create a situation that makes some of them uncomfortable. Why would you want that? Do check our calendar to see what else might be happening in here. Reach us at steamworks@kutztown.edu or 484-646-4175  

MISSION

To encourage discovery, creation, and learning—beyond the conventional—by supplying. tools, inspiration, and know-how to spark the making, exploring, failing, sharing,trying-again, teaching and experiencing that make for a rich education.

STEAMworks

Rohrbach Library | RL18
Kutztown, Penna., USA
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Tel: 484-646-4175
Bruce Jensen
Miguel Nieves
Zack Bell

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@STEAMworksKU

Hours: M & W, 10am-8pm
T & Th, 10am-9pm
Fri, 10am-4pm
Sun, 5pm-9pm
Hours vary outside of Fall & Spring semesters
Other times by request!
steamworks@kutztown.edu