FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ROBOTICS
CALLING ALL SCIENTISTS, PROGRAMMERS AND ENGINEERS!
Beecher will participate this fall in the FIRST LEGO League. This program focuses equally on three areas: a science project, a robot game and core values . We require no experience -- just enthusiasm and commitment. The best teams include students who have diverse interests and skills. An Open House for parents and students will take place soon. We highly encourage families to attend so that they will be able to make informed decisions. We will provide an overview of the program and allow people to ask questions to our panels of students and parents who were involved last season.
The mission of FIRST is “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills that inspire innovation and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.” Winning is secondary to the quality of the overall experience. Teams are rewarded for achievements not necessarily gained on the field of play -- e.g., demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism, cooperation and community outreach.
This year, the theme is hydrodynamics. FIRST will release the details on August 29. The students will identify a real-world problem, design an original solution and share the problem and solution with others. Dr. Stebinger will advise the students with respect to the science project. The students will also build a robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit to accomplish “missions” on a playing field. More information can be found at http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll.
Mandatory team meetings led by Adrie Kornasiewicz will take place on Tuesdays or Thursdays in Computer Lab A starting September 5 through November when the regional competition is likely to take place. Mandatory team meetings led by parent coaches will also take place every weekend. It is likely to be the hardest fun students ever experience.
Enrollment will be limited based on the number of parent coaches available. This offering will be run through Beecher’s Extended Day Program. Families will need to register for one day per week for three months and pay an upfront lab fee of $100 for the entire season. Questions about the program itself can be directed to parent volunteer, Joyce Shavers (firstname.lastname@example.org). Any questions regarding registration can be directed to Cathy Salinardi at email@example.com.
This program is a “vehicle for students to learn important life skills. Kids often come in not knowing what to expect -- of the program nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense they can create their own future.” [Dean Kamen, Founder] We hope you and your child join us in this exciting adventure!