3rd-8th graders invited to join Lego robotics league

Above: For several years, St. Mark’s School’s team 3566 has sponsored teams in the First Lego League. This fall they are recruiting new members. (images cropped and edited from Facebook)

St. Mark’s School’s robotics team is recruiting students in grades 3-8 interested in robotics. Space is limited and the season is about to kickoff. So act quickly to sign kids up.

The high school team, 3566: Gone Fishin’, mentors FIRST Lego League teams. The teams meet weekly from the second week of September through the first week of December. That means that they’ll be getting started next week.

Meetings are Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the school. (You should also expect occasional weekend competitions.) There are some returning members from past years, but also spots for new members. The kids will be split into two teams with a range of experience on each.

If you aren’t familiar with the junior robotics league, here is some more information from the league itself:

When students are engaged in hands-on STEM experiences, they build confidence, grow their knowledge and develop habits of learning. When adults coach these students, they encourage them to try, fail, and try again, while connecting STEM concepts to real-world examples.

FIRST LEGO League is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together. The program is built around theme-based Challenges to engage children ages 9 to 16* in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering. The foundation of the program is the FIRST Core Values, which emphasize teamwork, discovery, and innovation. Students emerge more confident, excited, and equipped with the skills they need in a changing workforce. . .

FIRST LEGO League teams get to:

  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations
  • Understand and practice Gracious Professionalism®

Students/parents interested in joining a St. Mark’s sponsored team should email Allyson Brown, at allysonbrown@stmarksschool.org, as soon as possible.

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