FIRST LEGO League Jr. introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by inviting them to learn about a real-world problem and build LEGO-based models to demonstrate their learning. FIRST LEGO League Jr teams, guided by their imaginations, make exciting discoveries about real-world math and science, begin developing teamwork skills, practice presentation skills, and celebrate at non-competitive events. This year’s challenge, MISSION MOONSM, tasked teams to learn about human needs during long-duration space exploration within our Sun’s solar system and to design and build a Moon Base with at least one motorized element. More information on the event can be found on the organization’s website: www.firstchampionship.org/detroit.
Saint Ambrose students have been working since late fall on this project, which meets as a club after school hours. First Lego League Club is in its second year at Saint Ambrose, and student interest has doubled for both First Lego League and First Lego League Jr. Clubs on campus.
Saint Ambrose Spacecraft Angels Model pictured above, which won for MOST INNOVATIVE MODEL!
The students showcased their student solutions model to answer the question” How would students survive on the Moon.” Mission Moon. Students researched the Moon to determine a plan, follow the engineering design process, and focus on how to develop their solutions. Identical Lego kits were provided to each team, and students were required to use the kits to build their solutions. Students were required to come up with problems having to do with water, energy or air on the moon. Explore the problem, develop the model, use programming to make the model work, and create a poster to explain their solution. Students gained experience and had the opportunity to present to International judges, meet international students with shared interests, and have an incredible time!
Picture of students who traveled to First Lego League Detroit pictured above with their student mentors.
Olivia M-3rd Grade, Mary Kay S-3rd Grade, Michael G-First Grade, Adam O-Second Grade, and Dante S (Not Pictured) Second Grade.
Special thanks to our Saint Ambrose School First Lego League Jr. team and our 2018-2019 First Lego League Sponsors: Rockwell Automation, General Motors, and Brownstone Realty. Special thanks also to our FLL student mentors: Connor and Christian and our Faculty Mentors who run our after-school program: Dr. Theresa Wajda, Mrs. Amy Morgan, and Ms. Stefanie Graber, and Mrs. Laura Cole.