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CNF Junior FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League Expo!

Scenes from ThinkTank!

 

Our Expo on January 31st was a great success, with 29 teams from Buffalo, Syracuse, and the Ithaca area coming together to show off their LEGO creations. Many thanks to the Ithaca Sciencenter for bringing the great activities for all. We also appreciate the two local award-winning FIRST LEGO League Teams, The EnviroBros and LEGO Da Vinci, coming to do LEGO robotics demonstrations. Lastly, thanks to Ithaca High School's FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC) team Code Red, for coming to talk to the kids about their robotics work.

Join us for the 2015-2016 Jr.FLL season featuring the Waste Wise(SM) Challenge. From the Jr.FLL website:

 

Coming August 2015

Junior FIRST(R) LEGO(R) League teams are about to learn that throwing something in the trash is only the beginning. 

In the 2015-2016 WASTE WISE(SM) Challenge, over 34,500 children ages 6 to 9 from 18 countries will look at trash in a whole new way. From reducing, to reusing, to recycling, and beyond, find out what making trash really means. Prepare to become Waste Wise! 

Each year, Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL(R)) presents a new and exciting Challenge to ignite the creativity of young children. While exploring the real-world theme, teams will learn about simple machines as they build a model made of LEGO(R) elements with a motorized part. They will also learn to present information through a Show Me Poster. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the Jr.FLL signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism(R).

If you have an interest in learning more about the Junior FIRST LEGO League for kids ages 6-9 or the FIRST LEGO League for kids ages 9-14, email Daniel Woodie for more information.

 


The Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) is geared towards kids ages 6-9 and is a spin-off of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL). Each year, the FIRST Organization (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) releases a science themed challenge for the teams to work on.

In this league for the younger kids, the kids form teams that work on a LEGO building challenge based on this science theme. Teams are formed by teachers, coaches, parents, or other mentors who want to encourage kids in science and technology, with the fun of building with LEGOs. Teams consist of up to 6 kids, who meet with their mentor to research the topic for that season, and build a model based on the specific building challenge given. The kids can be classmates, friends, siblings, neighbors, 4-H clubs, etc. Any group can form a team to participate! The season culminates with the high energy music thumping Expo, where the teams gather to present their results to the public and to friendly reviewers and everyone receives a prize for their work.

 

General Information about FIRST
FIRST is a nonprofit organization that has developed the FLL and Jr.FLL challenges for other organizations (like Cornell University) to run. The Cornell NanoScale Facility (CNF) at Cornell University operates independently from the FIRST organization, but runs the Expo following the framework developed by FIRST. More information about the FIRST organization and the competitions they organize at the elementary, middle, and high school levels can be found at their web site.

 

FIRST Web Site



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