Elementary students in Sumter “Got Pumped” for the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. 2018 season EXPO held at Webster Elementary School on Friday, May 18, 2018. In the AQUA ADVENTURE Challenge, seventy-four Sumter students navigated the uncharted waters of this important resource. Students were challenged to find where the water we use in our daily life comes from and what happens on its way to us.
Each year, FIRST LEGO League Jr. presents a new and exciting Challenge to ignite the creativity of elementary aged children. Each team of up to 6 children begins the exploration of this real-world theme with an exclusive LEGO Education Inspire Model. Using this model as a starting point, they design a new model of their own with LEGO elements. As they work, they learn basic engineering and programming skills with LEGO Education WeDO and apply those concepts to make their model move. Teams also document their work in an Engineering Notebook and share their journey through a team Show Me Poster. Throughout their experience, teams operate under the FIRST LEGO League Jr. Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork and Gracious Professionalism.
Sumter County Schools received funding to bring this program to elementary schools through the United States Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). Teams from each of Sumter’s elementary schools participated in the twelve week program with the encouragement and support of their teacher coaches. Superintendent, Richard A. Shirley said, “What a great opportunity for our students to learn “outside the box” with a live, hands-on experience!” Coaches for this season were Tiffany Ward, Laura Gorham, Brittany Wallace, Rosemary Wojnarowski, Connie White, Deserae Williams, Twila Haeser and Christina Smith.
During the Expo teams shared their water solutions with other teams and with Reviewers who assigned awards. Teams also rotated through STEM stations completing exciting tasks like Marshmallow Tower, Cup Stack, Marble Run and Code.org. Teams were celebrated with individual awards highlighting achievements of each team as they ran through a high-five line. The district will host another Expo with a new group of students next school year. The challenge will be Mission Moon! Check out our Expo video here: https://tinyurl.com/y9pv2gjt
All Event Pictures: https://sumter.smugmug.com/2018-Jr-LEGO-League-Expo-WES/