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Kids learn with robot creations

Posted: May 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Teammates Ethan Huggart and Ethan Stephens discuss changes needed to program their robot’s movements for the obstacle course May 5 at the Valencia Library.

Santa Clarita Valley kids enjoyed a day of free Lego Mindstorms Robotics classes on May 5 as part of a program at the Valencia Library organized by nonprofit organization A.S.E. Enrichment Inc.

"This is a fantastic way to learn critical thinking and collaboration with another child," mother Lydia McLaughlin said.

Students were instructed by A.S.E. teachers on how to program their robots to navigate through obstacle courses.

Working together in pairs with a laptop and robot, children went right to work.

When ready, they did a practice run on the course to see if their robot would go around the cones correctly.

If the robot didn't, the team would run back to their laptop and put their heads together to figure out what they needed to change.

Students cheered when their robot maneuvered correctly and then hurried back to the table to program a new course.

Local youngsters can take part in more Lego Mindstorms summer camps for 9-12-year-olds and Lego WeDo Robotics camps for ages 5-12. The camps will be held in Santa Clarita and Stevenson Ranch. For details, go to



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