Young Innovators Practice Imaginative Thinking and Teamwork

This year LET’S GO supported FIRST® LEGO® League teams in three Baltimore City Out-of-School-Time programs: Govan’s Elementary, Lakeland Elementary Middle, and Westport Academy. Our two Baltimore STEM Directors have provided over 75 hours of technical assistance and mentoring to the coaches and team members enabling them to be ready to compete at the upcoming Baltimore City Regional Tournament. Over the next few weeks these teams of young innovators in 4th, 5th and 6th grade will make final adjustments to their LEGO robot and attachments, debug their programming, practice their public speaking skills, and finalize their project and innovative solutions.

Young innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. FIRST LEGO League focuses on solving real-world problems such as food safety, recycling, energy, and more using STEM concepts, plus a big dose of fun. With the guidance of two or more coaches, teams of 7-10 youth apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts to solve a real-world problem. The 2018/2019 FIRST® LEGO® League season, INTO ORBIT, transported teams into space, where they explored, challenged, and innovated in the vast expanse of space.

Teams design, build, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Along their journey, students develop critical-thinking and team-building skills, build STEM self-confidence, and gain valuable perspective on the importance of failure in the learning process.

This work is made possible by the generous support of Northrop Grumman, The Weinberg Foundation, Govans Elementary, Baltimore Curriculum Project, 21st Century Learning Community, South Baltimore Gateway Partnership, The Lakeland STEAM and Community Center, Baltimore Children and Youth Fund, and members of the USNA class of ’64.

Watch the success of young innovators practicing imaginative thinking and teamwork…

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