Three Mill Basin kids came out on top at the Brooklyn Robotics League Southeast Semi-Final Competition on Jan. 19.
The tech-savvy 10-year-olds — Logan Titus, Savanna Titus, and Jacob Glazer — teamed up as the “Milly Bots” and fought successfully for the regional title, beating out competing teams from Ulmer Park, Sheepshead Bay, Kings Bay, Canarsie, Clarendon, Cortelyou, and Gerritsen Beach libraries.
Their bot pulled off a come-from-behind win, which left some of the kids and their parents teary-eyed with joy, according to their coach Kareem Thompson, who is a Technology Resource Specialist at the library branch.
Thompson began preparing the robotics-riveted rug rats last September by teaching them how to program their bot and by making sure they were ready to learn from their mistakes and not give up.
“Patience — what I really wanted to get across to them is patience, because I told the kids that coding is a lot of trial and error,” Thompson said.
The Brooklyn Public Library’s Robotics League staff hopes that they can reach a wide-variety of people in the community who might not otherwise be exposed to the resources to participate in robotics programs, said library spokeswoman Fritzi Bodenheimer.
The competition is supported by resources through the STEM Equity Community Innovation Grant, which the library received from the do-gooder group FIRST, according to its website.
— Natallie Rocha