This past weekend I went to my very first FIRST Lego League meet. My school just formed their 1st team and I wanted to show support for my students. Sidenote: I absolutely love seeing my students shine outside of school. They are completely different kids. Individually these students are a mixed bag of shy, reserved, outgoing, and the kid that just needs something fun to do. When i saw them work …I WAS BLOWN AWAY!
This competition gives children the opportunity to learn how to collaborate and work as team. They learn that they cannot do everything on their own and how to experience shared success. The goal is to first build a robot then program it to complete a number of tasks in a 2 minute time frame. What a great way to teach kids how to be well rounded individuals but still promoting STEM and Coding initiatives. I am also kind of jealous that I did not try to start a team before. Oh yeah and Our team made it regionals! Here is some more about FIRST Lego League.
About FIRST Lego League ( From http://www.usfirst.org)
Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology. His passion and determination to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science and technology are the cornerstones of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).
FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
These are governing themes that guide students experiences. They must exhibit throughout their competition. I am excited by this list because these are values that I try to foster in my classroom.