St. Anthony-Immaculate Conception School hosted a First Lego League Qualifying Tournament, Mission: Trash Trek 2015 on Saturday, Nov. 21.
Fifteen Bay Area teams competed, including teams from SAIC and Saint James School. Albert Bricker, technology coordinator for both schools, was the tournament director, and dozens of parents served as volunteer judges and workers.
Children from 80 countries are participating in the 2015 Trash Trek Challenge. Students, ages 9-14, design, build and program Lego robots to solve the problem of trash collection, sorting, composting, recycling.
“Teams are judged on their projects, robotics and how well they demonstrate the First Lego League (FLL) core values, which include cooperation, discovery and the spirit of friendly competition,” Bricker said.
Winners of this qualifying tournament advance to a regional championship. The season ends with the FLL World Festival in April in St. Louis. Although the Vision of Hope school teams did not advance, “Our teams performed extremely well as rookies,” Bricker said. “In meeting this educational challenge, all kids are winners.”
In November our students experienced several STEM related events. Our Sixth graders went to The Childrens Creativity Museum for their Innovation Challenge and Claymation Field Trips. They were joined by sixth grade from SAIC which enabled them to form groups on the spot with students they don’t normally work with.
We then took grades 5 to 8 to The STEAM Carnival. There they experienced a full day of fun and excitement with interactive exhibits in STEM but with a focus on its use in art.