Build a robot and learn fundamentals of programming and robotics engineering with LEGO’s programmable NXT or EV3 robotics system of controller, motors, sensors and Mindstorms software. The use of NXT or EV3 system will depend on the student’s age and experience. Students will work in pairs but exceptions may be allowed to work alone. Once students accomplish required tasks and simpler challenges, they can choose from higher level challenges and or build a more complex robot of their own design or one provided by the instructors. The final class will include robot battles within a 4 foot arena ring where students test mechanical design and programming strategies against each other. Participants will not be able to take their robots home but will gain the valuable skills and resources to garner interest in STEM and engineering.