Teams of students from Bethlehem and Statham Elementary Schools competed on Saturday December 13th in the Meadowcreek High School Regionals of the FIRST LEGO League Challenge.  These teams of 4th and 5th graders have been working together after school hours since September in preparation for the three parts of the Challenge.  For the Robot Game part of the challenge, students built and programmed an autonomous robot to rack up points on a themed playing field.   Students also identified a world problem, designed an innovative solution to address it, and then presented it in dramatic fashion in the Project portion of the competition.  The third part of the challenge awards teams who demonstrate the following FLL Core Values.

  • We are a team.
  • We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
  • We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.
  • We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
  • What we discover is more important than what we win.
  • We share our experiences with others.
  • We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.
  • We have FUN!

Thanks to the generosity and support of the Barrow County 4-H and high school mentors from the mechatronics program at the Sims Academy of Innovation and Technology, the coaches and students of these teams were able fully experience the FLL Core Values firsthand.

The Bethlehem Elementary Team will be moving on to the Super Regional Competition in January and earned the Gracious Professionalism Award.

The Statham Elementary Team earned the Teamwork Award.

FIRST LEGO League is an excellent example of true student engagement through STEAM education.  Our deepest thanks to Wanda McLocklin, our Barrow County 4-H Agent & County Extension Coordinator, and the 4-H organization for partnering with us to make this possible.

I hope to update this post in the very near future with reflections from the students themselves.