We are offering six Lego Robotic workshops at the Almonte Branch. Ages 8-15

Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm with a 15 minute break.

Only eight participants per workshop following Covid-19 measures.

Register here or call 613-256-1037. If demand for registration is high, priority will be given to Mississippi Mills library patrons. If you live in Mississippi Mills and do not have a library card, please visit the Almonte or Pakenham branch or call 613-25-1037 to apply for a FREE membership.

Each workshop consists of a challenge designed to teach students the concepts that make up basic robotics and mechanical engineering. Challenges are geared toward a student who has never programmed or built a robot before.

November 7 – The Sumo Challenge 

This challenge is always a favorite: the campers will build their robot to wrestle an opposing robot out of a ring. Flippers and pushers are all allowed!

November 14 – Line Follower 

The camper’s robot must be programmed to follow a black line. The most precise instead of the fastest robot wins.

November 21 – The Race Challenge 

In the race challenge, the campers will learn about gear ratios and how to make a fast robot. At the end of the morning, the campers will race their robots against everyone else’s robot in a derby!

November 28 – Maze Challenge 

To level up their robotics skills the campers will be asked to program their robot so

that it completes a maze.

December 5 – Da Vinci Challenge 

In the da Vinci challenge the goal is to create the most beautiful work of art using

only their robots. I am always pleasantly surprised by the art that the campers create!

December 12- The Canada Arm Challenge 

In this challenge, the campers will build a robotic arm.

In order to keep everyone safe, the following Covid-19 protocols will be applied.

  • Children with Covid-19 symptoms will be asked to stay home.
  • Participants will use the hand sanitizer in the lobby before entering the library.
  • Classes are limited to 8 participants to ensure proper physical distance.
  • Face coverings/masks that securely cover the nose, mouth, and chin are mandatory for the duration of the workshop except during break.
  • Each child will have their own table with their own dedicated programming material. Tables will be placed at a minimum of 2 meters apart from each other. When entering and exiting the workshop, participants must maintain a safe 2-metre distance from others.
  • There will be a 15min supervised break when kids can take their mask off to drink and have a snack on their tables.
  • Surfaces will be disinfected before and after each use and learning equipment will be quarantined.

We want to thank the Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation for their support providing funding to purchase a robotic and STEM tool collection for the Mississippi Mills Public Library. With this funding the library will be able to provide children and teen’s STEAM programs for many years to come. For more information about the Elizabeth Kelly Library Foundation’s work please visit www.ekellylibraryfoundation.ca