Thursday, November 17, 2011

Crazy for LEGO robotics

We have robotics on the mind!  We just received a grant from the General William Mayer Foundation to greatly expand our LEGO robotics program.  We'll be adding robotics into the whole school and using some of the robotics challenges for summer camp offerings.   

Math teacher, Shelli has introduced First LEGO League into Math Club.  They will be competing in their first competition this winter.  Here is what it is all about:

In the 2011 Food Factor Challenge, over 200,000 9-16* year olds from over 55 countries will explore the topic of food safety and examine the possible points of contamination our food encounters – from exposure to insects and creatures, to unsterile processing and transportation, to unsanitary preparation and storage – then find ways to prevent or combat these contaminates.  In the Food Factor Challenge, teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT to solve a set of Food Safety missions as well as research, develop, and share their innovative food safety solutions.

My step-daughter teaches at a school outside of Boston.  They won first place in a LEGO creativity contest.  Here's the video that won.  It shows a bit about what First LEGO League is all about.

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