Build and program Lego robots
A Lego robotics workshop for children ages 6 to 11 is coming to Wilton in September.
“Robot Explorer is for students who have attended robotics workshops before and are now ready to explore their knowledge of motors, pulleys, and gears,” said Komal Vora, who is organizing the workshop. “It is a STEM-focused, hands-on program.”
The workshops, scheduled for Sept. 14-15 from 9:30-11:30, will take place at 396 Danbury Road, in Suite B6. The cost is $35 per day.
The sessions are intended to teach how to build and program a Lego robot and get hands-on experience. Imagination and creativity will be a theme of the program, allowing children to learn about basic science and engineering concepts.
“The child will look at the robot and try to build it,” Ms. Vora said. “If they need help they can always follow the instructions. They can explore the knowledge of how much they know about it.”
After building the robot, the children will program it.
Students will work in teams, and friends are welcome to register together and may be partners.
“Depending on the age, some of it will be easy,” Ms. Vora said. “Some will also be complicated. This is to promote student knowledge of using the right types of gears, sensors, and programming concepts.”
The goal is to “let them build it and connect it to the computers,” she added.
A second group, for ages 9-14, will have a team placed in the First Lego League (FLL).
“FLL engages younger students with real-world engineering by challenging them to build LEGO-based robots to complete a task,” Ms. Vora said. “We are looking for eight to nine students to join the team.”
The challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to 10 children with one adult coach can participate in the challenge.
Children interested in registering for the FLL challenge should register by Aug. 31. The cost is $500 per student and includes coaching, materials, and a T-shirt.
“This year’s challenge is Nature’s Fury,” Ms. Vota said. “The challenge could be as early as November.”
Students participating in FLL will need to meet on Sundays from 2 to 4 for eight to 10 weeks, beginning in September. Teamwork will include project research, building and presentation. A robot is given 2.5 minutes to complete a mission. Additionally, there would be two judging sessions for core values and the project.
For more information on all events, email Ms. Vora at email@example.com. Further information on FLL is available at firstlegoleague.org and usfirst.org.