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Mindstorm robots introduce teens to new ideas

by Sarah Hauck
Josh Herup, 13, works with Mike Bodily, 17, on programming their Lego robot Saturday at the Library in Minden.
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Valley teens zigged and zagged miniature robots across the Douglas County Public Library floor using nothing but a laptop Saturday.

As a conclusion to Teen Tech Week, the library’s Teen Advisory Board hosted the inaugural Lego Mindstorm programming event.

“They loved it and I loved it,” Maria Pearson of youth services said of the attendees. “I wanted to try it, too.”

Seven teens were assisted by members of the M Cubed robotics team to program their Lego Mindstorm robots using computer software.

Each team practiced programming their robot before putting them to the test.

“Sometimes they had to make adjustments,” Pearson said. “Once they learned how to program them they put them on the floor on a course and made their robots go through the courses.”

Although the numbers of teens that attended were not as high as the library had hoped, there were teens who had a new-found interest in robots after the event.

“We had one 13-year-old boy that was going to look into joining the team,” Pearson said. “Our next event will probably be aimed at younger kids because they (robotics team) start recruiting at age nine.”

Fueled by the reaction of the teens that attended Saturday’s event, the library hopes to have more similar events.

“They (children) were so excited to be able to do this,” Pearson said. “It was not as complex as they may have originally thought it would be. It was just awesome. Their reactions were really impressive.”