Robotics is the intersection of science, engineering, and technology that produces machines—robots—that can sense, act, and in their own way, think. MCL has a wide variety of robots and robot kits to give you a hands on experience with a technology already revolutionizing the ways in which we live, work, and play.
Below is just a sampling of the many robotics-related items you can explore in MetaSpace 511.
Botley is a colorful robot and remote control combo that teaches kids beginner code. Children can program their Botley coding robot by entering a code on the remote and then ask Botley to ‘run the code.’
The award-winning Cue robot is designed for kids who have an interest in coding. Cue will help them transition from block-based code to state-machine and text-based programming.
The Finch is a robot that brings computer science to life by providing students from kindergarten to college a hands-on representation of their code.
This astonishing wall-climbing Geckobot robot has a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down perfectly smooth surfaces, like glass, plastic, and whiteboards.
Children can explore the astonishing powers of the gyroscope by building seven models of Gyrobot, including a robot that can balance on two linear wheels and move along a tightrope!
LEGO BOOST lets children create models with motors and sensors, and then bring their creations to life through simple, icon-based coding commands.
The MeccaSpider is a hi-tech robot made from space-age materials and is controlled via its buttons or with the free app. Draw on concepts used in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math to successfully build it. Then, program the MeccaSpider to customize its behavior.
The Ozobot is a pocket-sized coding robot that come with infinite ways to play, create, and share.
How can I see the robots in action or try one out myself?
There are three ways to access the robotics tools MCL offers:
1. Through a library-led program. Be sure to check out our online calendar for upcoming programs.
2. By making a reservation in MetaSpace 511. Visit or call the Information Desk at (262) 363-6411 to schedule your time slot and sign a user agreement. You can use nearly any of the robotics equipment and tools we have.
3. Check one out! Did you know many of our robots circulate just like books? Search our online catalog to see what’s available and take one home today.