This summer the library & Steampunk Robotics offered Virtual Reality, 3D printing and Lego EV3 Mindstorms camps and, as always, the camps are having a terrific reception. There are 126 participants, starting at 8 years old, learning new technical skills, creating, coding, competing & having fun.
At the Virtual Reality camps, each participant creates an imaginary structure using TinkerCAD that is then uploaded into a game. Using phones and Google VR sets, participants can see, move and play inside the game in 3D.
At the 3D camps, participants use TinkerCAD and FreeCAD to create models and learn how to prepare them for 3D printing. Afterwards, they pick up a 3D print copy of their design.
And in the Lego EV3 camps, participants use EV3 Mindstorms sets to build a robot that can complete a challenge (move items, complete a maze, race) or compete against other participants’ sumobot creations. Then, using Chromebooks and Scratch they code their robots and compete in programming maze games.
The library hosts STEAM programs to promote hands-on experiences that encourage learning through physical and digital creation and inspire an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.
If you have a child that is interested in participating, check for upcoming library programs on the library’s website at www.missmillslibrary.com/current-programs/.