FIRST LEGO LEAGUE
AIS Innovation Center
Fabrication Lab, Outside the IC
Researchers seedbed "AIS Scivants"
The purpose of the First Lego League challenge, is to introduce science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to children ages 12 -16 through fun, hands-on learning. The program aims to help participants gain real-world problem-solving experience, build critical thinking, coding, and design skills, and foster habits of learning, confidence, and teamwork. It also encourages friendly competition and mutual gain, embodying the philosophies of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition®.
Participating in the First Lego League is an enriching and exciting experience. Teams work together to design, build, and program a robot using LEGO® technology. They also conduct research to solve a real-world problem related to how they could share their passions through art and technology. The event is filled with energy and enthusiasm as teams present their innovative solutions and robots to the judges.
The expected impact of the event is multifaceted. It aims to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. It also develops skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork. Moreover, it instills a sense of sportsmanship and respect for others through the principles of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition®. Ultimately, the First Lego League hopes to cultivate the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators.
Results and Impact Generated
Participating in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a transformative experience that goes beyond being a fun activity. It instills a deep appreciation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, fosters creativity, and builds essential life skills. Participants are introduced to complex concepts in robotics and programming, gaining hands-on experience in problem-solving, coding, and engineering principles. The league encourages innovative thinking as participants design unique solutions to challenges, fostering creativity and a mindset for innovation. As a team-based coorpetition, FLL teaches participants to work together, delegate tasks, and collaborate on solutions, skills that are crucial in any professional environment. Participants also enhance their public speaking and presentation skills as they present their solutions to a panel of judges. The process of iterating designs teaches participants resilience and perseverance, learning from failure until they find a successful solution. In conclusion, participating in the FLL the master piece, equips young minds with critical skills, nurtures their creativity, and empowers them to make a positive impact on their community. The benefits gained from this experience extend far beyond the competition, shaping the participants' future educational and career paths.