Lego Robotics shows depth of technology


STELLARTON – Watching their creations come to life was something the children couldn’t quite explain.

On Saturday afternoon, the Stellarton Library played host to five curious children learning just a bit of what technology can really do.

They were playing with Lego Mindstorms.

“It’s part of the Lego Robotics chain,” explains Molly O’Brien, NSC@P intern at the Stellarton Library.

“We just got the equipment in so these are the first children to get to play with it.”
Each kit comes with a booklet and Lego pieces to create something limited only by imagination.

“We decided to all work off of a pattern in the book,” explains O’Brien.

“We are making the base right now, but once the base is made it can be altered with things like moving arms. After it’s built, we take it to the computer and program it so that it will do certain movements. Anything we upload to the base, it will do.”

She says the idea behind Mindstorms is that it teaches children about robotics and how technology can make things move.

One of the participants, Robin Hughes, took part in the WeDo Lego Robotics program at the  library last year and wanted to give this a try.

“I found it so fun (last year) I thought I would do it again this year. It’s cool how they move.”
Although Hughes had no idea what it was she was building on Saturday, her only hope was that it worked.

Jasmine Misener was also at the library playing with Mindstorms.

“My friend Robin asked me to come,” she explains, adding it was a lot of fun.
Her sister Keirsten Misener also tagged along.

“My sister was coming and I thought it would be fun – and it is.”

O’Brien says to build the Mindstorms configurations, it takes approximately one hour, so it’s geared more toward ages 7 and up, although she is available to help the younger ones who show an interest in it.

Mindstorms will be available for play over the next two weeks at the Westville and Stellarton libraries.

“I’m in Stellarton on Friday and Saturdays and in Westville on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays,” notes O’Brien. “After the two weeks we are moving on to Minecraft.”

Above photo: Robin Hughes, Jasmine Misener, Keirsten Misener and Molly O’Brien, NSC@P intern at the Stellarton Library get into some Lego Mindstorms, a form of Lego that uses technology to move around.                                                                  (Harvie photo)

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