19 May
  • By Katie Beedy
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FIRST Jr. Lego League Expo

It's Never Too Early To Discover STEM!

 FIRST LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 9 while exciting them through a brand they know and love – LEGO!

Guided by an adult coach or mentor, teams (up to 6 members, grades K-3) explored a real-world scientific problem; for 2016, this problem was trash and recycling!

The teams then created a Show Me poster that illustrated their journey of discovery and introduced their team to the reviewers. They also constructed a motorized model of what they learned about trash and recycling using LEGO elements. In the process, teams had the opportunity to learn about teamwork, the wonders of science and technology, and the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, which include respect, sharing, and critical thinking.

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, Club members from five Twin Cities Boys & Girls Clubs locations gathered at the Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club to take part in the FIRST Lego League Jr. Expo!

Teams from the Mt. Airy, Al Lenzmeier West Side, Southside Village, East Side, and the Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Clubs gathered to set up their LEGO model and Show Me posters. The teams shared their posters and models with the six reviewers: Terryl Brumm, Anthony Henry, Molly Barrett, Sam Rondorf, Laura Preston, and Carrie Dahl.

Five teams from the Expo were given awards, based on the Lego League Core Values. The teams who received these awards were given a medal and had their photo taken with the judges!

Congratulations to our winners!

Amazing Movement Award

Blue Flared Dragons Team – Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club

Complexity & Decoration Award

The Warriors Team – Southside Village Boys & Girls Club

Inquiring Minds Award

Creators Team – Al Lenzmeier West Side Boys & Girls Club

Robust Design Award

Aluminum Team – Jerry Gamble Boys & Girls Club

Team Spirit Award

STARGO Team – East Side Boys & Girls Club


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