Who is KIBO? Even our youngest students are programming robots; introducing Kibo! Working in teams, these first graders in Ms. Levesque’s Library Media Center are learning code. By connecting special blocks in certain orders, the blocks tell the robot what to do. Students can make KIBO go straight, in reverse, spin, shake, play music or light up. These young engineers follow a series of steps called “Engineering Design Process.” It’s a 6-step plan; Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Test, and Improve & Share. The blocks used need to be scanned correctly in order for KIBO to perform what they ask. Students have to make sure they have all the parts, including things like sensors and motors to build it and program it to work correctly. They even programmed Kibo to bowl and light up through a tunnel of darkness! They are so excited when their robot does what they ask, screaming with joy and showing off their successful engineering feat with fellow classmates! If one group is stuck, another group runs over to help, this is truly a collaborative effort of teamwork and learning at its best.