FIRST Lego League JR. (Grades 1-3)
This week the teams picked the water topic they will study and use to build their inspire models; so please ask your students what water topic their team is going to study (how we use water for cooking, power generation, swimming, etc.) and chat about that topic with them.
After picking their water topic of study, students used WeDo 2.0 to build Milo the Robot and after successfully completeing their robotc builds, we couldn’t quite figure out how to power up our drive our robots. It turns out, batteries are NOT included so this moment became an excellent example of the FLL Core Value’s moment….. “We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.”…..we learned together that robots are better with batteries and sometimes even parents forget or overlook things! Next week, we will start our session by activating and learning to code with Milo.
For those parents who want a Milo sneak peak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srzVZZuk7GU
FIRST Lego League (4-5 grade)
Students continued to work on building their challenge board and after completing several builds we had a variety of “extra pieces” and one or two moving models that aren’t moving. This tells us we need to go back and review our builds to find the solution to this problem practicing the Core Value “We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.”
Lego league students who want to get ahead of the game can download the free software they will use to program their EV3 to get a feel for how it works. It’s not AS COOL without the robot, but there is still a lot to learn about how the program works……did I mention its FREE!
If you haven’t done so already, please register your child, we cannot go to tournaments or apply for grants to help pay for next year if we don’t have all of our students registered.
As always, a BIG, HUGE, THANK YOU to our wonderful coach and mentor volunteers…Melissa, Kelly, Doug, Diane, Dan, Jeff, Dan, Neli, and Mr. Gopu….and everyone else……Please keep in mind parents and grandparents you are ALWAYS welcome to come in and work with the kids..you don’t need to be a Lego expert or coder to help, you just need a willingness to learn and hang with kids.