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Rolling with Robotics (Robots in the Mail)

While the pandemic closure prevented us from offering the Project Next Generation, "Rolling with Robotics," grant activities during the school year, Library staff appealed to the Illinois State Library and received approval to offer the program via remote learning this summer, beginning on June 8th. This fun and engaging program for youth, ages 11 through 14, is a free program that will be offered entirely online through the Sphero Edu website/app.

Structured especially for the flexibility of independent learning and individual schedules, participants, working digitally through the website/app will connect with Library mentors to complete and submit a series of twelve assignments that connect the fun of robotics with code instruction from beginner through JavaScript. Each activity will include two lessons that will take approximately 90 minutes each to complete. The activities will build on prior skills, ultimately to build proficiency in writing JavaScript. This program does require Internet access to complete lessons.

The Library will lend each participant a complete Sphero robot kit, including the robot, charge cord and cradle, maze tape, protractor, turbo cover, and set-up card for the length of the program. In addition, if a participant does not have a compatible operating device (list can be found on registration form), the Library will provide a compatible device, although the number of devices available is limited.

All technology and materials will be mailed to the participant via U.S. Postal Service, return receipt requested. A pre-paid label will be included for return of technology and materials when the program is completed. Participation in "Rolling with Robotics" is limited to twelve (12) youth. To register, please contact Library staff by email at remotelearning@lasalle.lib.il.us. Registration is through May 27th. 

We look forward to exciting program…even from a distance! Funding for Project Next Generation “Rolling with Robotics” was made possible by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of the Secretary of State, Jesse White, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)