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Dancing Birds

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Yesterday we held our first session of our three-week WeDo Robotics series for fourth and fifth graders. We had a small group, but everyone was very engaged and curious! We learned about pulleys, belt drive systems, and the transfer of electrical and mechanical energy. We built dancing birds with LEGOs and the kids figured out how to alter the speed and direction they spun both by changing their mechanics and changing their computer programs.


We’ve still got some space in this workshop, so if you’ve got a fourth or fifth grade student who’s interested, just let us know. You can call or stop in, or you can register through our online calendar.

And now, enjoy a few photos of the fun!


 Just getting started...


Putting the finishing touches on the birds during the LEGO building portion of the program


Programming the birds!

First WeDo Workshops Were a Success!

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Yesterday we had our final session of our first three-week LEGO series. Second and third graders learned about levers, and used them to build a bird whose wings flapped when you pressed down on its tail. The kids then programmed their birds to tweet or make other sounds when they moved in various ways.

There was also time for kids to experiment and try some things out on their own. Some pairs decided to build airplanes, boats, and giants who stood up with the help of a crane. Check out this video of one of the cranes. The giant was lifted a little high, but the team improved their computer program after I snapped the video.

Do you have a second or third grader who’s interested in participating? We’ll be doing this workshop again in November. Registration will begin on Wednesday, October 12 and sessions will take place Wednesdays, November 2, 9, and 16 from 3:30 to 5:00pm.

Watch Out for Those Alligators!

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At our second session of Lego WeDo Robotics, our second- and third-graders built alligators. They then programmed the alligators to open and close their mouths, first on key command, then using a motion sensor. When they were finished, their alligators could chomp down on anything that got too close to their mouths. Watch out!

To create this machine, we learned about and then utillized gears, pulleys, and belt drive systems. The kids did a great job thinking about how to create a computer program to control their alligators. Every team wrote a different code, and some even added in extra features like sounds.

The kids were moving along quicklys, so we had enough time to let them come up with their own ideas for what else to do with their gators. Then some teams moved on to other machines and creations.

Make sure to check out even more photos on our Facebook page!

Who knows was next week will hold!

Special note: No animals were harmed during the making of this Lego workshop!

Our First LEGO WeDo Robotics Program was Great!

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Yesterday we held the first session of our three-week LEGO WeDo Robotics workshop for kids in grades 2-3. We did a quick ice-breaker to get to know each other, then we dove right in.


With this age group we’ll be focusing on simple machines. At yesterday’s session we learned about gears. We built a lion out of LEGOS with some motorized gears inside. Then we plugged them into our computers and learned some basic programming language to make the lion sit up, roar, and lay back down at just the press of a button! We discussed how the computer program the kids wrote controlled the motor, how the motor moved the gears, and how the gears worked to make the lion’s legs move.


All of the participants did an excellent job working with their partner, figuring out how to build the machine, and experimenting with the computer program until they got it. Everyone’s computer programs were slightly different from each other, so we learned that there are multiple ways to solve the same problem!


This workshop will run for two more weeks, then we’ll do a three-week workshop for kids in grades 4-5. If you wanted to sign up for this workshop but didn’t make it before it filled up, never fear! We’ll be doing both workshops again before the year is out!

Check out our Facebook post to enjoy some photos of the fun getting started! Confession: Once the kids really got into the building and programming, I forgot to take any photos. Hopefully I’ll get more next week.

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Register Today for WeDo Robotics!

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 Registration has started for the first of our fall LEGO WeDo Robotics workshops!


Throughout the rest of this year, we’ll be offering LEGO WeDo Robotics workshops for children in grades 2-5. Workshops will run as series of three ninety-minute sessions, and will be offered for specific grade ranges. Kids will learn about simple machines and other STEM related topics, then use LEGOs and LEGO computer programming software to create machines and make them move!


Registration will begin three weeks before the first date of each session, and kids are encouraged to come to all three workshops in the session. First priority is given to Winchester residents. You can register online or speak with a librarian in-person or over the phone. You’ll want to register quickly because participation is limited and these programs tend to fill up quickly!


Grades 2-3

Wednesdays, 9/21, 9/28, and 10/5, 3:30-5:00pm


Grades 4-5

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