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Hereford Library has fun with Arbots program

Can robots make art? Kids at Hereford Library find out.

Fourteen Hereford Library "tween" (pre-teen) customers recently got a taste of how science and technology can be used in an artistic endeavor as they participated in an Artbots program.

The Nov. 22 program was presented by FutureMakers, a group of experts in various fields who act as coaches and present programs in schools and in the community to encourage children's creativity and the use of real tools in solving problems.

Under the direction of FutureMakers presenter Paige Petersen, the participants in the Hereford Library program used LEDs, micro motors, rubber bands, batteries and other items to create mini moving machines that made art automatically.

According to a news release by Jarrett Farmer, program coordinator for the Hereford Library, the event was supported by the Foundation for BCPL (Baltimore County Public Library), and is part of an initiative to increase similar programs at the library.

With the success of the recent Artbots program, Farmer said that FutureMakers, along with members of the Baltimore County4-H Robotics Club,will return in the spring for programs at which tweens and teens will learn skills related to graphics production, 3D printing and robotics.

Those interested in attending a FutureMakers program should watch for announcements at the BCPL website bcpl.info or call 410-887-1919.

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