Recycled robots at Rockford library

Rockford kids are busy working on their recycled robots at the Rockford’s Great River Regional Library event.
Rockford kids are busy working on their recycled robots at the Rockford’s Great River Regional Library event.

A dozen children ages 5 to 12 made a trip to the Great River Regional Library in Rockford last week to take part in an innovative event.

The Rockford library invited artist and instructor Jen Anfinson to teach kids how to make their own recycled robots to help foster their interest in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

“We try to play into the Rockford Middle School’s STEM curriculum when we do programs,” said Theresa Jacobs, the manager of the Rockford library. “The recycled robots is an activity for kids to learn while having fun.”

Anfinson laid out bags full of recycled materials such as cardboard boxes, paper clips, tin cans and plastic for the kids to work with. She set out an example of what a recycled robot could look like, and let the kids run wild with their imaginations as they constructed robots of their own.

“We use recycled material just to show kids that you can craft and do something creative with things you have at home,” said Anfinson. “We want to show that you don’t need to go and spend a lot of money to have fun and make something really cool.”

The Rockford library has activities throughout the summer for kids. To see the full summer schedule, visit the Rockford library’s website at griver.org.

Jen Anfinson’s recycled robot model design includes canned goods. (Sun staff photos by Alyssa Krekelberg) Rockford kids use duct tape, milk cans and tissue boxes to construct their robots. Children at the Rockford library’s event concentrate on making their recycled robots.
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Jen Anfinson’s recycled robot model design includes canned goods. (Sun staff photos by Alyssa Krekelberg)