CFKA funds FIRST LEGO League

CFKA funds FIRST LEGO League
Posted on 08/28/2019

The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area is an important funding partner of the Foundation, and we greatly appreciate the many contributions invested in LLF projects.

Lake Effects Robotics will be introducing the FIRST LEGO League to elementary students this fall thanks in part to a CFKA grant totalling $14, 870.

The objective of project S.T.O.R.M. (Science and Technology Opportunities in Robotics Mentoring) is to create robotics teams with select grade 7-8 classes at schools in the Limestone District School Board.

Each week students will receive a lesson based around building their skills and knowledge to be able to successfully design, build, and program to solve various challenges using VEX IQ and Lego Mechanics systems. The aim is to have a group from each school competing at the Limestone Skills Competition in Spring 2020.

This mentorship program incorporates elements of the arts, literacy, numeracy, and technology.  Students develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic applications in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and even presentation skills. Teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. and then are challenged to develop a solution.

This fall, Lake Effect Robotics will be establishing schools teams at Molly Brant Elementary School, J.G. Simoce Public School, and Module Vanier, along with their ongoing mentorship program with students attending Calvin Park Public School.

Team 2708 Lake Effect Robotics is a member of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international organization founded to inspire young people to pursue a field in engineering. The Foundation is extremely proud of the accomplishments of these dedicated students and community members, many of whom were once students of this team.

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