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Our first LEGO Science Workshop

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Our first LEGO Science Workshop was a big success! Our group of 20 enthusiastic budding scientists built and programmed a couple of mechanical dancing birds. In the process, we learned about pulleys, the mechanics of belt drives, crown gears, gearing up and gearing down, and programming logic.

Watch this space for more videos of the event.

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services


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One of the things we discussed in today's LEGO Science Workshop was the programming language Scratch, which was developed at MIT for teaching easy programming concepts. Many of you may already be familiar with it through your child's school, but just in case you're not, the software is freely available at:
The LEGO software we use in the workshops is very similar to Scratch in its use of "drag and drop" icons. In fact, one may even use Scratch to program the LEGO WeDo components.
If anyone is interested in purchasing a WeDo set for home use, you can find them at the LEGO Education website.

Registration begins November 17

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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, call (781) 721-7171 x326, or visit the Children's Room for more information.


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, 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!