Robots invade local libraries

August 3, 2013 

Kids in Wake County are learning about gears, motors, 3D printing, programming and problem-solving through programs at local libraries this summer.

Children at the Duraleigh Road Community Library were the first to see the robots from Wake Robotics, a Cary-based nonprofit.

“The program is one of our most popular events. It’s exciting to expose the kids to engineering, technology and science. It takes them out of their everyday experience and can ignite interest in something they might not have thought about,” says Melissa Orthner, Youth Librarian. “I love that it’s the students doing the program. Kids come to the library and see other kids work together to solve problems. It promotes and inspires teamwork, creativity and using your brain.”

Wake Robotics students plan to visit the East Regional Library Aug. 22.

In addition to the library visits, Wake Robotics has demonstrated robots at summer camps, schools, museums, corporations like Cisco and LORD Corporation, and organizations such as IEEE. Outreach brings engineering and technology to all ages within the community. It also provides Wake Robotics students with the opportunity to do public speaking and explain the program and robot design to people of all backgrounds and interests, said spokeswoman Adrienne Bashista.

“It’s cool to see younger kids get interested in the robots,” says Jacob Bashista, 14, a member of Wake Robotics’ RoboUN team. “They ask how the robot works, why did we choose this part or that, and they tell you about robots they want to build themselves. They are really interested in what we’re doing.”

For more information about Wake Robotics, including their complete outreach calendar, go to wakerobotics.org. Students can also follow Wake Robotics on Facebook.

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