From reading to robots

By Anna Yee

June 30, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A local library is offering something creative for kids to do this summer, but it doesn't involve reading.

Try robots.

The Peoria Public Library's North Branch is seeking participants for Lego Library Robotics. It's a free program teaching kids to build computer-controlled robots out of special legos.

Organizer Douglas King says the lessons will go a long way in teaching kids about math, science, and engineering.

"By exposing them to it, they'll be learning more than 'I can be a teacher or a firefighter or a doctor or nurse,'" said King. "Those are great things, but there's a lot more out there, and it's accessible to everyone. It's not just something you have to be some super mad scientist, genius to do."

The first robotics class is next Saturday, July 7, for kids ages 9 to 14 years old.

To register, call the North Branch at (309) 497-2103.

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