Viewing the RoboSlam blog, you’ll see that reaching kids with hands-on engineering activities is our core mission. The RoboSlam volunteer team really enjoys giving kids their first taste of electronics engineering and robotics! Nevertheless, when we have enough time, we also like to teach a bit of computer programming — and we don’t always have the ‘man’power to do that when we’re working with a large group and we’re far outside of Dublin.
And so, for a recent workshop in County Monaghan, we invited adults to come and learn.
The 14 folks who joined the RoboSLam crew during Science Week at the Monaghan public library were all over 15 and, frankly, they seem to have every bit as much fun as the kids normally do!
After assembling our robots and breaking for a tasty lunch (provided by the event organizers–thanks!), the group took to coding and testing its robots. Learning to modify the robots’ behaviors was the central focus of this particular RoboSlam workshop, and getting the robots to behave as expected was a joy we’ll not soon forget!
We appreciated the chance for our undergraduate RoboSlam instructor team who live in the Monaghan area — Claragh, Padraic, and Michelle — to come along and teach. Watching them grow and thrive as teachers leave us grinning ear to ear!
Deirdriú McQuaid, the Senior Executive Librarian of Monaghan County Library Services invited our team and helped organize the event. We’re glad to have come along to be part of the fun!