A Mind Cuber, built using a Lego mind storm EV3 kit, proved an instant hit at the Robotics workshop in Crewkerne Library. Workshop facilitator Olly Hellis, Digital Development Officer at Somerset Libraries, demonstrated how the mind cuber could easily solve puzzles such as the Rubik’s Cube. In just 93 seconds with 23 moves, each one of the six faces were the same colour, either red, orange, yellow, green, blue or white.
Rubik’s Cube which was created by Hungarian professor Erno Rubik in 1974, to help his students understand three dimensional problems, has 43 quintillion ways to scramble it. Another popular computerised piece of equipment with younger visitors was the code-a-pillar. The caterpillar learning toy from Fisher Price, encourages children to experiment as they play and is suitable for 3 -6 year olds.
Olly Hellis said: “While our robotics workshops support the school coding curriculum, we are not just about high-tech and the younger children enjoyed playing with the code-a-pillar.” Adult visitors to the free all day drop-in sessions also worked on lap-tops to programme the robotic and coding equipment. Olly said: “By encouraging different age groups to engage with the library service, we are showing that we are more than just books.”
Somerset Library service works in association with the Raspberry Pie Foundation in the running of code clubs across the county. If there is enough interest in forming a code club in the town, supported by trained volunteers, it could be added to the programme of regular activities, already running at Crewkerne Library in Falkland Square.