A few weeks ago in a library, not too far away …

Moranbah Library find that these are the Droids they were looking for.

For all those Star Wars and robot fans out there, the State Library of Queensland has extended their range of tech kits to include an R2D2 Droid kit.

In the recent school holidays, little technology buffs had the chance to build their own R2D2 at the Moranbah Library and feel like Luke Skywalker taking on the empire – you can even “use the force” to command R2D2.

It was not just the participants that had fun attending these sessions but also the library staff. “The R2D2 droids were great to work with as unlike our other tech gadgets that you mainly drive around, the kids got to build the droid first then play with it. The use of magnets for connecting parts is great and makes it easier for kids and adults alike.”  – Katie Dowd, Moranbah Library Assistant

Versatile features like R2D2 sounds and different movable components, which call for rebuilding in different ways, keep children engaged.

Where most robot kits with an engineering component call for a mature audience, nine years and over, like the Lego drones or the EV3’s, the R2D2 droids are easily accessible to younger children. Making this kit a must try for school holiday activities.

About the author

Corinna Baerhold is Moranbah Library Supervisor at Isaac Regional Libraries.