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STEAMworks: Robots!

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.

Here's our robot solving a Rubik's Cube. This bot is built of the same LEGO kits you'll use in the contest!

How the Battlin' Bear 'Bots contest works

Teams of KU students will practice and collaborate to build, program, accessorize, and describe robots that solve a simple set of problems. Squads will have at least three weeks' full access to play with a LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 Core set and its Extension set to help them prepare for the contest.

In an optional adjunct competition, each team is invited to produce a short promotional video about robotics in modern education. The teams will gather, with their kits, for a lightning-round-style set of tests adhering to the assigned problem set on December 5, 2017. Judges will assess not only the technical and mechanical performance of the robots, but also the teams' attention to aesthetics and consumer/educator appeal both in their video and live presentations touting their machines' feature sets, to choose prize winners in corresponding categories.

Students will have full access to Rohrbach Library’s STEAMworks, including its video and audio production facilities, 3D printers and other tools, along with ample opportunities there for discussions involving members of other teams. STEAMworks is also making available to all interested participants an extensive collection of relevant books on LEGO Mindstorms and robotics in general. Locations: Collaboration within teams, which is the core of this event, is expected to take place in a variety of venues that may well include the library, academic buildings and labs, dorm rooms, dining halls, off-campus spots, and online. The culminating competition on Dec. 5 will begin in STEAMworks with teams’ presentations to the judges and will conclude with the physical tests in the library’s Main Floor lobby, on a small course visible from the atrium above, followed immediately there by the presentation of awards.​

We supply the ultra-cool LEGO Mindstorms kits! You and your teammates supply the creativity!

Your team will have three weeks to practice building 'bots out of LEGO, and teaching them to solve simple challenges.

Everything else you do or add is icing on the cake!

On contest day, teams are rewarded not just for technical performance, but also for design energy and marketing flash!


Enter! Or, ask:


Fun Fact: The awesome LEGO Mindstorms Core and Extension sets will reside in the Kit Room of the library's Curriculum Materials Center after the contest ends. The library freely lends everything in the Kit Room to local K-12 teachers, and to KU's Education students, for one week at a time!  

A fact that's not so fun is that few schools have the means to purchase such sets. We are grateful that your participation in RL's Battlin' Bear 'Bots robotics competition will help enhance learning for a lot of local kids.

Rohrbach Library thanks the Kutztown University Foundation for its generous support of learning and of our community.

KU Foundation logo

Robots Go to School


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.


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



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!