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First Workshop Date!

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We have the LEGO kits! We have the laptops! The camcorders should be here soon!

Our first workshop is scheduled for Monday, December 8 at 3:30pm in the Storytime Room of the Children's Department. We will be holding holding workshops monthly. Children are encouraged to participate every month because the lessons are cumulative.

Registration will be required and will begin three (3) weeks prior to the program on November 17. You may register online or in the Children's Room. Questions? Email winchild@minlib.net, call (781) 721-7171 x326, or visit the Children's Room for more information.

 

Happy Halloween!

We get into the spirit of Halloween here in the Children's Room! Check out some photos of us in our costumes and of our special Halloween storytime!!

Robert was a Lego man, of course!!

Cate and Ms. B were cats!

Everyone enjoyed the Halloween stories!

Order placed!

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Hello LEGO enthusiasts,
 
Just letting you know that we ordered both the LEGO WeDo Education Kits and laptop computers today (Oct. 27). As soon as we have them in hand, we will schedule workshops and start registration.
 
Once again, if you'd like to be added to an email information list, please send a request to winchild@minlib.net, with "LEGO" in the subject line. As always, we promise not to share your email, or use it for any other purpose than updates on the LEGO Science Workshops.
 

We received the money!

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"Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" (Lewis Carroll)

We will be ordering the LEGO kits and computers asap, so we should have specific workshop dates very soon. Stay tuned!

Monster Crafts

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, so we get an early start around here. Check out these silly, not-so-spooky monsters we made in storytime:

In the meantime . . . more details

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The LEGOs we are buying for our workshops are called "WeDO Education sets." These special sets combine building blocks, gears, motors and sensors. Icon-based programming software adds interactivity. The included curriculum pack encourages teamwork and the discussion of relevant STEM concepts. We are also purchasing laptop computers to run the software and video cameras to help the participants document the learning process.

Our workshops will act as a “prequel” to the LEGO Robotics Clubs that are popular in many schools. Generally, these clubs are limited to middle school students and only 10 students are allowed on each team. Our target audience comprises 2nd-5th grade students and will accommodate 15-20 students per workshop. In addition to exploring crucial STEM concepts, a student who attends our workshops will have gained valuable hands-on experience that can be applied directly to participation in the LEGO Robot competitions.

Here is a sample of one of the Education Kit projects:

Hungry Alligator

Students will build and program a mechanical alligator that makes sounds and is motorized to open and close its jaw.

Objectives

Science

Trace the transmission of motion and transfer of energy through the machine. Identify the pulleys and belts and the slowing down mechanism at work in the model. Consider the needs of living animals.

Technology

Create a programmable model to demonstrate the knowledge and operation of digital tools and technological systems.

Engineering

Build and test the alligator’s movement. Improve the alligator’s behavior by adding the motion sensor and programming sounds to coordinate with the movement.

Mathematics

Understand how the distance between an object and the motion sensor is important to how the sensor functions. Understand and use numbers to represent the type of sounds played and the amount of time the motor turns on.

Language

Prepare and deliver a demonstration about alligators using the alligator model. Use technology to create and communicate ideas. Communicate in spoken or written forms using the appropriate vocabulary.

Vocabulary

Belts, motion sensor, and pulley. Blocks: Motion Sensor Input, Motor On For, Motor This Way, Motor That Way, Number Input, Play Sound, Repeat, Start On Key Press and Wait For