An android invasion for youngsters in grades 3-8 is coming Sept. 26 to Bridgeville Public Library.
A recent robot-building workshop that was a success at the South Fayette Public Library will be offered in separate sessions for grades 3-4 and 5-8 at the Bridgeville library, 505 McMillen St.
Cheryl Napsha, director of the South Fayette and Bridgeville libraries, said she is inviting students from Chartiers Valley to register for the workshop.
Bridgeville Public Library offering robot-building workshop
A recent robot-building workshop that was a success at the South Fayette Public Library will be offered at the Bridgeville library, 505 McMillen St. (Video by Amy Philips-Haller; 9/18/2015)
Participants will learn how to build and program robots. They are provided with the components, instructions on assembly, and laptops. The program culminates with testing the robots on an obstacle course, reworking the programming until the robot successfully maneuvers through it.
“The children are incredibly engaged as they collaborate to explore. They leave with the sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing they made a robot!” said Jody Wilson, children’s department librarian at South Fayette.
The workshop will be led by Robo Disruptors, a group that was a winner of the 2015 Western PA First Lego League robotics team, Robotics Grand Championship. The group provides workshops to promote interest in STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — through project-based learning.
“Our communities have embraced the STEM-based programs,” said Ms. Napsha, “including the student-taught robotics workshop, and the librarians STEM programming.”
Ms. Wilson and children’s department librarian Karen Verduci at Bridgeville have finished the first year of a two-year STEM training program for librarians sponsored by the Allegheny County Library Association. They are incorporating STEM programming into their schedules.
The libraries want to further embed STEM education in the ongoing curriculum as part of their primary role in promoting literacy and quality education programs.
“STEM is not necessarily about creating a new generation of mathematicians, scientists, technicians or engineers, but rather providing the information that students need to thrive in our highly technological world,” Ms. Napsha said. “Just as reading literacy has always been integral to public libraries' mission, technological literacy is a 21st century staple.”
The $20 program fee for the workshop (cash only) will benefit the students' robotics club.
To learn more about Robo Disruptors: www.robodisruptors.com.
Amy Philips-Haller, freelance writer; firstname.lastname@example.org.