Program offers youth opportunity to build and program Lego robots

John Brannen
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PICTOU – Since November, a small but dedicated group of youth have been working to build and program their own Lego robots.

Pictou Library staff member Sabrina Gladney looks on as John Kendall of Antigonish works on his Lego robot. The library's Lego robotics program, which started in November, will conclude on Jan. 4. 

It’s a program that has been put on by the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Libraries in Pictou. According to Pictou Library staff member Sabrina Gladney, she guides the program but the youth build.

“The program is set up so the kids can read the instructions and build set designs of robots,” said Gladney. “It’s a great experience.”

The Lego Robotics consists of kits that contain software and hardware to create small, customizable and programmable robots. They include a programmable computer that controls the system, a set of modular sensors and motors, and parts to create the mechanical systems.

Gladney noted that the building stage is often what the youth look forward to.

“Though there’s a set pattern to follow, the kids love it.”

The next step is the programming, which is completed through a computer program. While many youth today are used to using computers, programming a robot takes their skills to the edge.

“Altogether, it takes about five hours to build and program a robot,” said Gladney.

John Kendall was present for Saturday’s Lego robotics session and though it was his first time at the program, he enjoyed it.

“I’m having a good time,” he said. “I got three Lego sets for Christmas so I really like it.”

Two Lego robotics sessions will be held before the end of the program on Fri. Jan. 3 and 4 at 1 p.m. at the Pictou Library.

On Twitter: @NGNewsJohn 

Organizations: Pictou Library, Pictou-Antigonish Regional Libraries, Lego Robotics

Geographic location: Pictou

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