Come See Me at #TXLA16

Come See Me at #TXLA16

I haven’t posted in a couple of months because I have been selling my home and buying another. It has been intense and agonizing, but we are finally out of the fog and I can focus more on work and the upcoming conference!

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The Texas Library Association Annual Conference is in a couple of weeks in Houston and I will be presenting at a session called Bleep! Blorp! Books! Robots in the Library. We will be talking about how to get started with robotics programming in a public library setting. I will be speaking from my experience working on the Bots & Books grant for Connecting Texas Libraries Statewide. Presenting with me are Bob Loftin and Cecily Ponce deLeon from the Plano Public Library. They have presented at PLA on their robust robotics program in the past. Also joining us will be Megan Clark of the San Antonio STEM Connectory, formerly of the New Braunfels Public Library, where she works with First Lego League Robotics competitions.

We hope to provide an overview of the benefits of robotics, how the Plano Public Library got started and let their program evolve, and how you can take this kind of programming to the next level through FIRST Lego League.

If you are going to conference, please come hear what we have to say and add to the conversation! Our session is on Thursday, April 21st from 10am to noon.

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#TXLA16 Robotics presentation

#TXLA16 Robotics presentation

Just got word that my proposal for a session on robotics programming at the 2016 Texas Library Association Annual Conference  has been accepted! The session, Bleep! Blorp! Books! Robots in the Library:  How to Sustain a Robotics Program @ Your Library, is tentatively scheduled for Thursday of the conference, April 21st. Headed to Houston in the spring!! 😀

Robotics at TXLA16 in Houston

Robotics at TXLA16 in Houston

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While I was sitting in a session on STEM programming at TXLA15, I jotted down ideas for a session dedicated to talking about robotics programming in public libraries that I hoped to present at the next TLA annual conference. I ended up developing it into a proposal and sought out individuals from public libraries in Texas with robust robotics programs to join a panel to talk about what they have been doing. I submitted my proposal… and waited.

I just got word that my proposal was picked up by the Young Adult Round Table and is going to be pitched to the conference planners at Annual Assembly in July! I should hear back then if the program proposal will be accepted and sponsored. Fingers crossed!