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Discovering Ozobots at the Kapuskasing Public Library

By Kyle Lincez, The Northern Times

Student page Justin Francoeur poses for a photo with some of the Ozobots. He, along with another student, will be heading the event designed to raise an interest in coding and programming through a variety of games and activities featuring the Ozobots.

Student page Justin Francoeur poses for a photo with some of the Ozobots. He, along with another student, will be heading the event designed to raise an interest in coding and programming through a variety of games and activities featuring the Ozobots.

The future is now this week, as the Kapuskasing Public Library will be hosting two workshops on Ozobots on March 18.

 

Intended for children and parents ages six and up, there will be one workshop held in French at 1 pm, and a second held in English at 2 pm.

 

The Ozobots themselves are diminutive robots that follow printed codes to achieve tasks explained Student Page Justin Francoeur.

 

“The robots have little sensors on the bottom that make them follow the lines,” he said. “Each code makes them do something different, so you need to have the right pattern for it.”


He demonstrated this with a black line causing the Ozobot to increase the speed of its movement.

 

The workshops will mark the first time that the library does an activity with them, but Francoeur said that they hope it can help pave the way for an interest in programming and coding.

 

“Right now coding is something new and it is something that needs to be embraced for the future,” he said. “Computers are becoming everything these days and we need people to program them and things like this could help make people interested in programming.”

 

Some of the activities featured during the workshops will be a lesson on the coding sheets and what they do, as well as a variety of games.


“There are some games on the Ozobot website that are available for free, and there are some other games that were provided to us such as a bowling game that we'll try out.”

 

To register for the workshops please contact the Kapuskasing Public Library at 705-335-3363.  



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