Robotics and Robotic Art Competition

Robots are everywhere. They make and wash our cars, they made the computer you’re using right now, and they fill our movies and books with images of the future and what could be. Robots even have helped us explore other planets. As part of CHC’s campus-wide focus this term on the book Spare Parts, CHC is hosting a robotics and robotic art competition to have some fun and help all of us explore robotics, art, and our creative side.

Any representation of a robot, from an artistic rendering (digital, 2D, or 3D sculpture) to an actual working robot, will be accepted. You might choose to create a digital painting of a robot concept from the future or sculpt a robotic form. You might choose to use spare parts lying around the house to construct a robotic representation or build an actual robot that locomotes. This competition is open to all Crafton Hills College students, and there will be prizes in several different categories. All art media is accepted (sculpture, painting, drawing, mixed-media).

For more information and a suite of tools to help you get started, add the CHC STEM Center’s Canvas course to your Canvas account. It’s simple and easy. You’ll have access to a suite of video walkthroughs on how to get started building your robot, and you’ll receive announcements about workshops run by experienced roboticists to help you design and execute your robot. Not only that, you’ll have access to the STEM Center’s online study group space and resources to help support you in your STEM classes.

Important Dates

  • Friday, March 5, 2:00pm—Robotics and Robotic Art Competition Launch Event (Reservations available here)
  • Thursday, April 29, 11:59 pm—deadline for entry submissions
  • Wednesday, May 5, 2:00pm— Robotics and Robotic Art Competition Online Exposition and Awards (Reservations available here)

How to Submit an Entry

To participate in the competition, each participant must submit:

  1. The participant’s full name and CHC student ID#
  2. An image of the entry (either a robot or a representation of a robot) as a jpg file. Artists should submit a detail image along with a full-view image. Images of sculptures and 3-dimensional artwork must show all views of the piece.
  3. A short video clip (no more than 30 seconds) of the entry if the entry is 3D or locomotes (either a robot or a representation of a robot); the purpose of the video clip is to allow the judges to see all the parts of the entry and, if applicable, show its locomotive ability;
  4. A short Artist’s Statement (no more than 150 words) about the robot or art piece. This should be included in the email text rather than attached as a separate file.

All files should contain the participant’s full name. Files submitted without the entrant’s full name in the file name cannot be guaranteed to be considered.

These entry components must be emailed to by 11:59pm on Thursday, April 29 in order to be included in the competition. All entry emails will receive a response email confirming receipt of the entry. If you do not receive a response email, contact Jonathan Townsend at It is highly suggested that you don’t wait until the last minute to submit in case of technical issues related to sending the files.

Files may be sent as attachments to the email, or, if the video file is larger than can be attached to an email, we suggest using a free file-sharing service such as Dropbox to host the video. In this case, a link to the video can be sent via the entry email.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to receive entries in person. All entries must be submitted via email following the above guidelines.

Free Robot Building Materials

For students interested in building a robot, the STEM Center has 10 Arduino kits for the first 10 students that request them. You may also purchase your own if you wish. These kits will help you create a basic robot, but they must be checked out and returned after the competition.

If you would like to check out a free kit, please email Jonathan Townsend at to reserve your kit and receive information on kit pickup from the CHC campus. In addition, make sure you add the CHC STEM Center’s Canvas course to your Canvas account so that you can access the free workshops, help videos, and tools there.

Free Robot Building Workshops

The CHC STEM Center has partnered with the University of California Riverside Bourns College of Engineering to offer a series of workshops designed to help you with your build. In these workshops, you can:   

  • learn about robotics and Arduinos from more advanced engineering students who know the field of robotics
  • identify the steps you'll need to take to complete your build
  • get specific coaching and advice on your build
  • ask all your questions!

Workshop Schedule

Friday, March 12, 10am-12pm

Friday, March 19, 10am-12pm

Friday, March 26, 10am-12pm

Friday, April 2, 10am-12pm

Friday, April 9, 10am-12pm

Friday, April 16, 10am-12pm

Friday, April 23, 10am-12pm

All workshops will take place via Zoom. The Zoom links are housed in the STEM Community’s Canvas shell. To access them, you must add the CHC STEM Community to your Canvas account or email Jonathan Townsend at

Competition Categories and Prizes

  • Working Robot
  • Best Use of Spare Parts
  • Conceptual
  • General

The total prize value for all prizes in the competition is $1,000. Prize specifics will be announced at the Competition Launch Event on March 5 at 2:00pm.


Still have questions that weren’t covered here? Contact Jonathan Townsend at