Rokenbok Robotics

Last summer as part of our cornucopia of STEAM programs to celebrate the Year of STEAM at Pasadena Public Library, we put on a three-day robotics and engineering workshop for kids using Rokenbok building sets and the Rokenbok curriculum. Kids were given challenges like the challenge to create a machine that could pick up balls from one container or pen and transfer them to another one. We used a remote-controlled robot but built extensions to it, like arms and joints, using different simple machines to accomplish the task.

In the videos below, you’ll see the kids explain their creations and what their strategies were. I think the biggest challenge for some of the kids was working as a team, and managing their time. Those are always challenging things no matter what kind of work you’re doing! But they learned a lot. 🙂

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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