Robots coming to Ilford thanks to £15K grant.
PUBLISHED: 09:00 25 May 2018
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An Ilford worker has won a nationwide competition which will bring robots to Ilford town centre.
Maria Reguera, development librarian at Redbridge Central Library, has been selected to participate in a special 18-month program which will see a lab created in Clements Road.
Maria is one of six entrants selected across the UK, and the £15,000 prize bestowed by Carnegie UK Trust will educate children on making and programming robots using recycled electronics and materials.
Alongside the project funding, the librarian will also have exclusive access to online learning, networking and mentoring opportunities.
“The library lab funding is a fantastic opportunity for us at Redbridge Library,” Maria said.
“It will enable us to develop opportunities for young people in the borough to access and experience digital technologies not normally available to them.
“We hope the project will raise ambitions and support young people to become the next generation of inventors, artists, scientists, engineers and coders.”
The recycled robots project was set up by the Carnegie UK Trust to support innovation and leadership in the public library sector.
Chief executive, Martyn Evans said the calibre of applications received for the lab initiative was extremely high, making it very difficult to choose just six winners.
“We were delighted to select Maria as one of our winners and we are very much looking forward to working with her,” he said.
“Libraries are at the heart of our communities and are vital sources for learning and information.
“It’s so important to make sure we are investing in projects, and in library staff, supporting innovation and leadership to help build a positive future for our public libraries.”
The Library Lab project has now provided nearly £200,000 of funding to public libraries.
As well as Maria’s project, which skills children in robotics and electronics and advocates recycling, Claire Pickering of Wakefield Libraries won a grant for making interactive story hampers.
Kate Smyth, of Oldham Library, was selected to deliver a maths coding session for three to six-year-olds, Emma Hubbard of Bexley Library Services will receive money to look at how libraries can hold evening events, Teresa Doyle, of West Lothian Libraries will hold STEM-based workshops and Nichola Farr, of Brecon Library, will look into bespoke library merchandise.