In fact, they are already here… both in our lives – and in our libraries….
Soon Regional Libraries Queensland (RLQ) library members will be able to connect with robots in their local library! From July all (RLQ) libraries will have access to robotics and technology kits for loan from State Library of Queensland. SLQ has invested in these kits, reflecting SLQ’s commitment to enabling access to digital literacy and STEM programming through regional public libraries.
The kits can be loaned by any RLQ library for 3 months at a time – which means that for a quarter of the year patrons can access, play and explore technology, robotics and coding at the library, free of charge. The sky is the limit of creativity, with kits available covering all interests, age levels and abilities.
Kits available include the world famous NAO robot and his smaller but no less capable cousins, the EZ-Robots. You can have a ball with those versatile little Sphero robots, as well as Blue Bots and Ozobot Evo for the littlest of techsperts, and for those who like to combine cutting edge coding tech with old fashioned DIY assembly, the Makeblock mBOts are available too.
Library staff can order any of the kits for use at their library, either for programming sessions, or for more freestyle fun, under appropriate supervision. The flexibility of the kits in the library means they can be used after school, or on weekends, or local schools may partner with the library for an awesome way to explore tech during class!
About the author
Alan Duncan is Regional Services Officer with Public Library Development in the Regional Access and Public Libraries unit at State Library of Queensland.