Children’s Blog

Mindstorms are Coming!

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You’ve all been waiting and asking, and we’re finally ready with a LEGO Mindstorms workshop!

 

Beginning on March 1, we will host a six-week LEGO Mindstorms workshop for kids in grades 4 and 5. It will run from 3:30-5:00pm and will go through Wednesday, April 5. Space will be limited, and registration is going on now!


We’ll be using LEGO Technic materials and a more complex computer programming language to create awesome machines. Take a look at some of the things we’ll be working on! And check out our calendar to register.

 

Chromebooks in the Children's Room

Did you know kids can now check out a Chromebook for in-library use? All they need is their library card!! Stop by the Children's Room for more information!

 

First LEGO Workshops of 2017

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We kicked off our 2017 LEGO science programming with a two-week LEGO WeDo Robotics workshop for kids in grades 2 & 3.

 

We briefly discussed simple machines and how they would be incorporated into the machines we’d be making. We also covered the basics of computer programming and how to use the LEGO software. Then, in pairs, kids chose which LEGO machines they wanted to build and program.

 

Since kids were able to choose their own projects, we got to see a much wider variety of creations! Here’s a collection of photos from both sessions!

 

The group gets started!

 

We're starting to get familiar with the LEGO software.

 

Building is underway!

 

This team chose to make the spinning top. During our second workshop, we watched a video about using this top in microgravity on the International Space Station!

 

This pair was also working on the spinning top!

 

This team made a pair of legs that kicked a "soccer ball" (made of aluminum foil).

 

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year from the Children's Room!! Stay tuned for new, exciting changes and programming!

Coming Up in the New Year

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The end of the year does not mean the end of our LEGO programming.

 

In January we’ve got a two-week LEGO WeDo workshop for kids in grades 2-3 on Thursdays, January 19 and 26. It’ll be from 4:30-6:00pm. Kids who’ve already attended a LEGO workshop OR kids who’ve never tried it before are all welcome. Registration will be required and will start on December 29.


Keep an eye on our calendar to find out when we’ll be doing more workshops, including when we’ll start working with Mindstorms in addition to WeDo robotics materials.

Monkey See Monkey Drum

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At 2016’s final session of LEGO WeDo Robotics, we made monkeys who played the drums. We learned about levers and cams, then used both to create our robots. The kids programmed their monkeys to play the drums, then experimented with how the placement of the cams affected the rhythms the monkeys drummed.

 

After completing this basic challenge, the kids experimented even more! Some programmed their monkeys to make sounds, and some kids recorded their own sounds. (This part, admittedly, got a little zany.) Some changed their robots to look a little different, as you’ll see in the pictures and videos below.


Check out the different ways our monkeys moved in these fun videos!

 

 This is the first iteration, the monkey's drumming the "regular" way.

 

One student experimented with the motor speed to make her monkey drum reeeeaaally slooooowly.

 

What if the cups weren't drums, but hands?

 

Check out this creative head placement!

 

And some photos of the fun:

Diving in.

 

This monkey's almost looking like a monkey.