Check It Out: Test your skills with books on robotics




I was intrigued by an article in the Aug. 3 Columbian about a local 4-H robotics team called the Clover Bots.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I hear the term 4-H, I immediately picture cows, horses, chickens and anything else related to farming. Apparently, I am way behind the times, because my idea of how mechanics might relate to 4-H went no further than a tractor or milking machine. Obviously I need to get out of the barn more!

It is really interesting that this 4-H club, made up of freshman and sophomores from small Clark County schools, not only built a working robot, they competed in an annual robotics competition in Portland, and, according to the article, “placed in the top third among teams around the Pacific Northwest.”

Way to go, Clark County!

So, after I read the article, I wondered what kind of books about robotics were just waiting to be checked out at the library. And guess what? There are plenty to go around! Whether you’re a dedicated robotics enthusiast with plans to create a 21st century version of Robbie the Robot or just curious what makes a robot tick or click, the library can assist you with the basics and more. For the titles listed below, and others, visit us online or in person to begin your very own robot revolution!

• “Build A Remote-Controlled Robot” by David R. Shircliff.

• “Build Your Own Teams of Robots with LEGO Mindstorms NXT and Bluetooth” by Cameron Hughes.

• “Darwin’s Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology” by John Long.

• “How to Build a Prize-Winning Robot” by Joel Chaffee.

• “How to Build an Android: The True Story of Philip K. Dick’s Robot Resurrection” by David F. Dufty.

• “The New Cool: A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts” by Neal Bascomb.

• “Robot Building for Beginners” by David Cook.