Youth Invited to Learn Robotics and Coding at Calais Library

By Lura Jackson

 

With the steady encroachment of advanced technology into even the most rural areas of the world, having an understanding of programming and assembling robotics is an invaluable asset for today’s youth. As such, the Calais Free Library is partnering with Axiom Technologies to offer a free class geared towards children that will impart basic coding and robotics skills. The class will begin on Saturday, October 21st and continue until December 9th, running from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. each Saturday.

The class is designed specifically for those who have no background with the subject, and it is intended to be educational and entertaining. “The class will be a fun introduction to robotics using Lego robotics kits,” explained instructor Kyle Winslow of Axiom. “The activities will involve not only building Lego robots but also programming them using block coding to do simple tasks, and building on what we learn.”

“Being invited to not only learn the language of coding but to creatively build a Lego robot and then to learn how to make the robot do things is a really fun and a really cool learning experience,” said Kathleen Staples, director of the Calais Free Library. “As technology continues to advance, coding skills are going to be a necessary language for our youngsters to know how to write and how to apply.” 

While the class is open to those in grades K-12 – or even to interested adults – the content is geared toward those between the ages of 5 and 12. Axiom is specifically working to increase the exposure of youth in the state to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects to improve their chances of succeeding in the modern world. 

“Robots and coding are everywhere,” Winslow said. “As technology advances, jobs relating to STEM, and in this case, coding, engineering and robotics, are going to be in high demand. Many common items in our everyday lives are technically robots and embedded with code, telling them to complete certain tasks.”

Each lesson of the class is ideally suited to build upon the last, however, those who miss a class or come to the series late will still be welcomed and encouraged to participate. No registration is needed. For more information about the program, contact the Calais Free Library at 454-2758.