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Empowering student builds robot at the library

Walk into the Young Adult section of the Greenville Public Library on a recent Wednesday afternoon and be prepared to be tracked by a robot. Initially the robot was programmed to go up and down the book aisles… maybe looking for a book on robotic sportsmanship.

During its final exploration, the robot could be found leaving the Young Adult section and checking out the videos available on loan.

“When will it go up to the third floor?”

“Build me a ramp,” said Devin Meade, grinning. Devin is a Greenville 7th grader who is also in the Empowering Darke County Youth After School and Summer Tutoring Programs. It took him about three weeks (Wednesdays) to build and program his robot.

Devin, and fellow student Elijah Sparks, were two students who built robots as part of Greenville Public Library’s Lego Robotics summer offering for Young Adults.

The program, which has now wrapped up, was taught by the library’s IT Specialist Reuben Kennett and Young Adult Specialist Amanda Olson. The library provides a variety of community service programs, including Summer Reading, Story Time, Family Fun Day, First Friday events, classic movies and informational presentations.

A July 27 Greenville Library presentation will be offered by Edison State communications students on Literacy: The Cornerstone of Success.

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