The St. Tammany Parish Library has been fortunate to have two local high school robotics teams, Team 2992, of Mandeville High School, and Team 1912, of Northshore High School, present demonstrations of their competition robots during “Fizz, Boom Read!” summer reading program events.

Both teams compete in FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competitions. In January, the teams are given the challenge of the annual competition. The competition game in the 2013-2014 school year was called Aerial Assist and involved the teams scoring points by getting their robot to throw a large exercise ball into a goal on the far end of a playing field. Each robot had to be able to throw and catch a ball.

Each team then designed, built and tested their robot with the help of adult mentors who work in the engineering, mechanics and programming fields. In six weeks of working after school, the teams must be ready to compete with other high schools from across the country.

When not building or competing with their robot, each team does outreach events such as festivals, school events and library visits.

Mandeville High School’s team visited the Bush Library in early June with its robot Atlas to share the love of robotics and to let the children “play ball” with the robot.

“The kids thought their visit was fantastic, but parents were very excited, as well,” branch manager Marjie Jahncke said.

Families have the chance play with Atlas at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, at the Folsom Branch, 82393 Railroad Ave. For information, call (985) 796-9728.

Please join us for the all the scientific fun at the library this summer! For information about summer reading events, visit the library’s events calendar at www.sttammanylibrary.org.

Programming for June 26 to July 3 includes:

TEEN ART WORKSHOP: Teens are invited to create art with our artist in residence at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Abita Springs Library, 71683 Levenson St., or at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Mandeville Library, 844 Girod St. For more information, call the Abita Springs Library at (985) 893-6285 or the Mandeville Library at (986) 626-4293.

TEEN DRAMA WORKSHOP: Teens are invited to participate in fun improv and acting exercises at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bush Library, 81597 La. 41, or at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Covington Library, 310 W. 21st Ave. For more information, call the Bush Library at (985) 886-3588 or the Covington Library at (985) 893-6280.

LIGO SCIENCE EDUCATION CENTER: The LIGO team from the research facility in Livingston will help children explore space explosions at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lacombe Library, 28027 U.S. 190, or at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium, 2056 Second St. For more information, call the Lacombe Library at (985) 882-7858 or the Slidell Temporary Library at (985) 646-6470.

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE: Children will learn how animals adapt to their environment during “Creature Feature” and meet a real alligator at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Bush Library, 81597 La. 41. For more information, call the Bush Library at (985) 886-3588.

MANAGING EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE: Sandra Hughes will teach the management skills necessary to increase the efficiency and productivity of employees at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Causeway Library, 3457 U.S. 190, Mandeville. For more information, call (985) 626-9779.

MYSTERY DINNER THEATRE: Teens are invited to solve a whodunit and enjoy a light supper at 7 p.m. Friday at the Causeway Branch, 3457 U.S. 190, Mandeville. For more information, call (985) 626-9779.

KITCHEN SINK PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY: Children age 8 to 11 are invited to discover the physical and chemical properties of everyday kitchen items at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bush Library, 81597 La. 41. For more information, call (985) 886-3588.

FUN WITH FRACTALS: Children age 8 to 11 are invited to discover what fractals are and make a cool piece of art at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Causeway Library, 3457 U.S. 190, Mandeville, or at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lee Road Library, 79213 La. 40. For more information, call the Causeway Library at (985) 626-9779 or the Lee Road Library at (985) 893-6284.

ROBOTICS WITH LEGO: Children age 8 to 11 are invited to discover the basics of robotic technology and build a robot at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lacombe Library, 28027 U.S. 190. For more information, call (985) 882-7858.