Library offers robotics programming class for kids

Wilton Library has invited Fairfield County Makers Guild President Vladimir Mariano to teach children in grades 5-12 how to program robots.

Susan Lauricella, Wilton Library’s head of teen services, said the Intro to Robotics with Lego Minstorms classes, which take place on Saturday, Nov. 22, “all goes in line with our STEM program.”

“There’s a big push being put on science, technology, engineering and math,” she said, “so this seemed like a good way for kids to get an introduction and get their hands on robotics in a fun way.”

A class for grades 5-7 will take place from 10 to 12, followed by a class for grades 8-12, from 1 to 3. Each class sits 12 students and registration is required.

During the class, students will learn the fundamentals of computer programming and mathematical concepts by learning to program robots, navigate them through obstacle courses and complete various challenges.

Students will pair up and share laptops, provided by Mr. Mariano, and learn the basics of easy-to-use developmental tools —  EV3 for grades 5-7 and ROBOTC for grades 8-12.

Ms. Lauricella said it’s important for students to dabble in STEM-related activities like Intro to Robotics.

“It’s such a great opportunity for kids to get a basic understanding of programing while have fun doing it,” said Ms. Lauricella.

“More and more in life, it’s becoming more important to know how to program, so basic knowledge of programming is really helpful. Maybe one of these kids will grow up to be an engineer — we need more engineers.”

Since the younger class is almost full and the older class only has five students registered so far, said Ms. Lauricella, seventh graders who want to participate are welcome to join the older class.

Information and registration: wiltonlibrary.org, 203-763-3950, ext. 217.