For Zane Stripling, it was a little tougher than operating a remote-control car.
"It was intense to maneuver," said Zane, a rising third-grader at Redcliffe Elementary School. "Turning was hard."
Zane had the opportunity to control a VEX robot at the Nancy Carson Library on Thursday after a presentation by members of M'Aiken Magic, Aiken County's robotics team.
Wesley Drinkwater and Brian O'Sullivan, both Aiken High School students, and their teacher Patrick O'Neill, showed a PowerPoint presentation about how they'd developed and competed with the team's robots.
The M'Aiken Magic team is made up of students from Aiken County high schools, including North Augusta, Silver Bluff, Aiken and South Aiken.
Brian, a rising senior, told the attendees about the 1102, the robotics team's 2005 project, while Wesley demonstrated the VEX, a smaller robot.
The robotics program at Nancy Carson was targeted to middle and high school pupils and is one of several programs for sixth- through 12th-graders at the library during the summer, said reference librarian Derek Marshall.
"We're trying to get the kids involved," he said.
Activities are planned on a weekly basis.
In addition to the programs, there is a weekly raffle for the teens who complete a form about any book, magazine or Web site they've read.
Mr. Marshall said businesses in the community have donated a variety of items, such as gift certificates, for the raffles.
There also is a photography contest in which teens can enter up to three 5-by-7-inch photographs they've taken. The deadline is Friday, June 30. Library patrons will vote for their favorite photos and the winner will be announced Friday, July 28.
Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEEN LIBRARY EVENTS
Special events at the Nancy Carson Library for youths during the summer include a teen mystery night, Heavy Metal Kidnapping, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 21; Xtreme Animals, from the Ruth Patrick Science Center, at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13; Urban Legend Jeopardy at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18; and a performance of The Frog Prince by the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27. For more information, call (803) 279-5767.