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Library’s WeDo program allows children to build and program robotics


Published: Fri, September 15, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.A child examined and fixed his robot at Lego WeDo Robots in the main library on Aug. 7.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .A child learns about robitics and programming at Lego WeDo Robots on Aug. 7 at the main library.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .A child picked up a Lego scrulpture using his robot at Lego WeDo Robots on Aug. 7 at the main library.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .Child used a screwdriver at Lego WeDo Robots at the main library on Aug 7.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively .A child worked on her robot at Lego WeDo Robots on Aug. 7 at the main library.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Children in the Main library built and programmed Lego robotic arms through the library’s WeDo program on Aug. 7.

The library provided the children with a kit of Legos, a computer and other equipment in order to build a robotic arm designed to grab and lift objects. The kit demonstrated how to build the arm using Legos. The Legos surrounded a mechanical piece. The piece connected to the computer, and the children used special software to program the robotic arm to open and close. They also made Lego sculptures that the arm grabbed.

Liberian Samantha Schneider taught the lesson and helped the children. She says the event teaches the children a basic understand of how computing and programming works. More than that, the lesson pushes the children to think critically and use problem solving skills. The children have to figure out what went wrong if their arm does not work properly.

The WeDo program designs the material in their events to be used by children in grades one to five. At this event, the library provided a different area for younger children where they could play with a toy screwdriver and screws to teach them how to use those tools.

WeDo hosts events at other library branches in the area. This is the first year of the WeDo program. For more information, visit www.libraryvisit.org.


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