The 2nd and 3rd grade Jr. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League teams from Allendale Elementary shined today as they showed off their Lego models for an audience of family members and teachers. These talented students spent the past 5 weeks learning to work as a team as they explored the engineering process while building with Legos.
The theme for this year’s Jr. FIRST Lego League challenge was learning. Students brainstormed learning places and learning tools and then as a team they selected a learning place and tool to build for their model. Simple machines and a movable part were also required to be included in their models, but the rest was up to their creativity! These young engineers definitely used their creativity to build models of places such as a theater with a movable projector and crane to lift an actor, a library with a machine to shelve books, a museum with a chocolate factory exhibit, and a classroom with a moving car used to study forces and motion. Lego League team members learned valuable lessons in teamwork, designing, and engineering!
This Jr. FIRST Lego League is laying the foundation for the FIRST Tech Challenge, a robotics competition for middle and high school students. Allendale will be hosting a FIRST Tech competition this Saturday at the middle school from 8 am to 5 pm. You are welcome to stop by to cheer our Allendale teams on and watch the robots go head to head!