Take playtime into the sci-fi realm with a robotics workshop that allows participants to build an item with Lego bricks, power it with a simple motor, and control it with computer commands.
Co-sponsored by Launching Success Learning Store, the event is aimed at first- through fifth-graders and teaches how to use computer programs to remotely control a Lego brick creation. Each child will create a story based on their robot and will receive a few Lego bricks to keep.
“It gives kids the freedom to learn and to expand their knowledge without fear of failure,” Gustafson said. “There’s no wrong answer. A pig can be purple or brown in Legos. It’s trial and error: You learn by doing in Legos.”
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Working on the robotic project translates to physics, engineering and the operation of simple machine. Students practice teamwork, collaboration and communication skills, she said.
Appropriately, the trademarked word “Lego” is a portmanteau of the Danish phrase “leg godt,” meaning “play well.”
“On the technical side, it’s teaching them code-sequencing and numbers,” Gustafson said.
Bricks and Beyond also offers extended summer camps and robotics workshops. For the Village Books program, Gustafson uses a shorter format like the ones she uses for birthday parties and single-day classes. She doesn’t want to overwhelm the children with information.
“I’m truly stretching their little brains,” she said.