R2-D2 ‘Star Wars Fest’ appearance at Allen County Public Library helping to show what girls can do

Alex Forsythe, 18, operates the R2-D2 she built and uses a PlayStation 2 controller to operate it Sunday afternoon at Allen County Public Library's "Star Wars Fest." (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Alex Forsythe shows a visitor the circuit boards she created for her R2-D2 at "Star Was Fest" on Sunday at Allen County Public Library. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Wilson Mendez stands next to the character helmets he made using 3D printing Sunday at "Star Was Fest" at Allen County Public Library. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Wilson Mendez dressed as Kylo Ren on Sunday at "Star Was Fest" at Allen County Public Library. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Wilson Mendez created these character helmets by using 3D printing. The one at right, similar to Boba Fett's took 60 hours to make. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Alan Bengs, who works at the Allen County Public Library's Access Fort Wayne, got into the spirit of "Star Wars Fest" by wearing his T-shirt depicting Darth Vader and two Stormtroopers around a Christmas tree. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Several books based on the "Star Wars" universe are available at the Allen County Public Library. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
A cutout of Rey from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" stands next to the fish tank in the children's area at Allen County Public Library so visitors can take selfies. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Two girls work on a craft at "Star Wars Fest" on Sunday at Allen County Public Library. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

R2-D2’s dome twirled around as “The Imperial March” came from him Sunday afternoon at the Allen County Public Library’s “Star Wars Fest.”

Alex Forsythe, 18, built the R2-D2 from some 3D parts she printed and pieces she bought. Using a PlayStation 2 controller to operate it she moved it forward and controlled its lights and sounds.

“I decided it looked like a good way to show what girls can do with STEM” – science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Forstythe, who’s taking dual-credit courses for computer engineering at Ivy Tech, Indiana Tech and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

“Is this the droid I’ve been looking for?” said a young boy with a green paper lightsaber.

The library had other crafts for guests, including making Yoda ears, watching “Star Wars” movies, and participating in a trivia contest and cosplay.

Wilson Mendez, 18, a New Tech Academy at Wayne High School student, hadn’t decided if he’d participate in the cosplay, but he was ready. Dressed in black in the Maker Lab, where a green screen was set up for photos, he had three characters’ helmets that he had made with 3D printing – Kylo Ren’s, a pilot’s and Boba Fett’s in red and black. The latter took 60 hours to make, he said.

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