The Jim Bridger LEGO Robotics Club was created to provide an opportunity for students to get together after school and share their passion for creativity and building. For the past three years, the PTA has been able to sustain this club through grant-writing and parent volunteers.
Partnerships with SUN (ImpactNW), Oregon State University’s 4-H Extension Services, and Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program (ORTOP), have made it possible for Bridger LEGO teams to participate annually at the OMSI Jr. FLL Expo and regional FIRST Challenge competitions since the club’s origination.
The following are examples of classes offered after school throughout the year:
Jr. LEGO Robotics (1st-3rd grade): Jr.FLL captures young children’s inherent curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction and imagination. Guided by adult coaches, teams use LEGO® bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show-Me Poster to illustrate their journey.
LEGO Robotics (3rd-8th grade): Prerequisite: Jr. LEGO Robotics class. This session exposes children to basic robotics via LEGO® MINDSTORMS®. By starting out with what is referred to as a programmable brick and adding wheels, gears, levers, and pulleys, students learn how to build simple machines and mechanisms.
LEGO Robotics (4th-8th grade): Prerequisite: Jr. LEGO Robotics class and essay application. Join a First LEGO League! In FLL, children are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Through their participation, children develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning that they can make a positive contribution to society. Teams will be expected to compete at the local level.
LEGO Animation (4th-8th grade): Prerequisite: Jr. LEGO Robotics class and essay application. Students are introduced to the world of animation. Teams of two will create a short stop-motion film using LEGOs. Students will learn about storyboarding, animation, post-production, and the importance of teamwork. Click here to learn about the Alfabeto Project completed by the 2012/13 Lego Animation Club.
Interested in being a LEGO coach or in learning more about these opportunities for students? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.