Members of The Success Foundation attended the First LEGO League Jr. Robotics Expo at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery over the weekend. The First LEGO League was founded as a place to give young innovators and engineers the chance to learn and practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. and have to develop a solution for it. They design, build, and program the robot, then compete with it on a table-top course. First LEGO League teaches students to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM) to solve a problem. This opportunity also helps them develop critical thinking and team-building skills, as well as presentation skills. The league has 255,000+ participants, in 88 countries.
Our very own Frontier Academy had several students from their Robotics Club attend. Students were expected to create an original idea for their project, build it with legos, and use code to program it to complete simple tasks. They also had to create a display board and verbally communicate what it was and how it worked.
The older leagues competed on the table-top course. They put their robots to the test, as they completed tasks for points within a certain time period. They were also given a real-life problem that they had to work together, and program their robot to complete.
The high school aged league demonstrated their full-size robots, and answered questions from the crowd. This particular demonstration was done by several high schoolers from Fossil Ridge.
These kids demonstrated a huge amount of knowledge and excitement as they presented to the crowds. This program is building tomorrow’s leaders, and we’re so excited to help fund these projects for several schools in our district. Way to go District 6!
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