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Ringwood Students Teach Robotics With Legos

Ringwood teacher Ellen Gay, at right, helps her students set up their Lego robotics display at the library Thursday, Jan. 14.
Ringwood teacher Ellen Gay, at right, helps her students set up their Lego robotics display at the library Thursday, Jan. 14. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Kids check out the Legos at the Ringwood Library Thursday, Jan. 14.
Kids check out the Legos at the Ringwood Library Thursday, Jan. 14. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma

RINGWOOD, N.J. — Amateur and pro Lego builders met at the Ringwood Public Library Thursday as Gifted and Talented students from Ryerson Middle School taught their younger peers about robotics.

The middle school started teaching Lego robotics eight years ago, Gifted and Talented advisor Ellen Gay said. The program teaches students about robotics, computer programming and working together, Gay said.

The Lego Club meets once a month in Ringwood for kids ages 5 to 9. Thursday's meeting was special because of the Ryerson students' visit, Library Director Andrea Cahoon said.

"It's very, very popular," Cahoon said of the club. "Legos are Legos and there's a lot of interest in them."

The Gifted and Talented students brought with them robots that drove and lifted as they controlled them remotely. The robots were funded by a donation from the Ryerson PTO, Gay said.

About 50 people attended the presentation.

"It's always a good crowd but not like this," Cahoon said.

Randy Relovsky brought his two sons, ages 10 and 8, and said they enjoy it.

"I love seeing the kids work together to build something using their imagination," Relovsky said. "It's nice to see."

The Lego Club will next meet Thursday, Feb. 11.

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