Middle school students were treated to innovation on display at the Lego League competition which celebrated technology, science, and innovative thinking. The popular event required teamwork, and quick problem solving skill among young students.
Amid thousands of Legos, elementary and middle school students were able to apply their core knowledge of academic subjects such as art, math, science, and history. The 18 teams of 9-14 year old students were competing at the 16th annual First Lego League Invitational competition in Hammond, Indiana. They used computer programming, engineering, and research to solve real life problems by building robots and undertaking other projects.
This year’s First Lego League mission was focused on finding out how people learn and then how they are helped to remember information for a longer period of time using various solutions. “The teams attached their projects to modes of learning – auditory, visual and Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple ‘intelligences’ such as intrapersonal and spatial intelligence,” said Mary Beth Nickolaou, director of talent development and special programs with the School City of Hammond.
Students utilized visual displays as well. At Hobart Middle School, the team created a hippo to show pwople how to brush their teeth. This was an example of designing a project showing a routine activity that reflected the process of learning and memory.
There are three major areas for each team to compete in. These are robot design, core values, and project judging. Students work in teams on these activities around the world.
Nickolau said that the students “program their robots for various missions. There are three rounds of competitions and they create a question that solves a problem.”
Teams had 2 – 1/2 minutes to complete as many specified tasks as they p0ssibly could using the robot they designed. Excitement was high, and the cheering for each team was earsplitting.