STEAM program keeps kids on the cutting-edge

STEAM program keeps kids on the cutting-edge

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Dan Walton
Oliver Chronicle

Eureka!

Oliver’s engineers and artists of tomorrow are already programming robots through the STEAM Program – which immerses youngsters in the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.

Every month at the Oliver Library, a dozen school-aged children are challenged with a new innovative activity.

At the last meeting, the kids were directing robots. By using black and coloured markers to draw a track, the little robots would follow their trails, and different colour patterns would cause fun reactions.

“Some make it spin and stuff,” explained one of the participants. “Others make it speed up, slow down.”

They said the toughest part was creating a track that would work properly. But after five or 10 minutes they were able to get the hang of it.

“I think mine got confused,” one boy said about his shaking bot.

Librarian Marigje Toepfer brings in a new activity for each session, and it’s always a surprise for the youngsters.

“We once made cars that propelled with a balloon stuck to a straw, and another time there were hula hoops that we flew planes through.”

To register, go to the Events Calendar at www.orl.bc.ca. Space is limited. June 1 will be the last session until September.

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