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What is a Robot?


“A robot is a machine -especially one programmable by a computer - capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically. A robot can be guided by an external control device, or the control may be embedded within. Robots may be constructed to evoke human form, but most robots are task-performing machines, designed with an emphasis on stark functionality, rather than expressive aesthetics.”


Robotics at Selover


 Selover Library robotics is an introductory program that meets for specific time periods or “classes.” Our target audience is ages 10-13, though we do occasionally vary from that. Each class is mentored by a library staff member aided by volunteer student coaches. Students generally work in groups of 2-3 students per robot. Each class focuses on a specific “Level.” Level 1 involves simple building and programming. It may also include some basic writing in the form of an “engineering notebook.” Level 2 focuses on sensors, their use, and programming. Level 3 builds on Levels 1 & 2 by providing a more rigorous challenge for the students to tackle. Students must take and complete the three Levels in order. The overall goal of the Selover robotics program is to expose students to robotics concepts and provide them some hands - on opportunities. We also hope to prepare students for robotics programs in middle or high school Selover Library is always interested in volunteers to help conduct our Robotics programs. Our volunteers are typically middle and high school students involved in their own school’s robotics programs. Adult volunteers would also be considered.

VEX IQ Robotics


Selover Library uses VEX IQ robotics kits. VEX IQ is based on plastic, snap - together pieces specifically designed to build highly functional robots. This system doesn ’t require any prior knowledge in robotics. Students can easily build their first robot, and the wide variety of additional parts means that they can build anything they imagine as they continue to learn.

VEX IQ comes with all the electronics needed to power, remotely operate, and code the robot.

  • The Robot Brain connects the entire robot together.

  • The Controller enables wireless robot driving.

  • The Optical Sensor lets the robot see light and colors.

  • The Distance Sensor uses ultrasound to measure distances.

  • The Touch LED provides human touch input to the robot and color output to human eyes.

  • The Bumper allows the robot to feel when it hits a wall or another robot.

Thanks to our Donors

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Selover Public Library’s VEX IQ robotics kits were donated by RAMTEC & Tri-Rivers Career Center

Contact Us

Interested in Robotics at Selover Library? Contact us via email at or by phone (419) 768-3431, or check our Facebook or web page calendar for info.

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