Addison Ritner meticulously inserted Lego bricks into the base of what would become a robot. Sometimes the bricks fit, other times it required her to disassemble a few pieces before she made progress.
Addison, 11, is one of the students enrolled in the weeklong Lego Robo-Camp held at the Buena Vista Branch Library in collaboration with the FRC Team 980 ThunderBots, a community team of high school students from Burbank, Glendale and nearby schools who compete across the Los Angeles region by building robots that perform commands.
Participants were divided into eight groups and learned how to assemble and program robots using Lego Mindstorms.
On Friday, they are slated to test their robots by placing them on a printed game mat with a series of challenges. The group’s robot that successfully completes the obstacles and accrues the most points will win prizes.
On Monday, students brainstormed ideas and were introduced to the Lego Mindstorms program that uses visual blocks, which represent a series of coding. A series of visual blocks will prompt a robot to move forward, stop, turn and lift items. One block can do a variety of commands.
The children will become more confident in their skills throughout the week, said…
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