LEGO Team Shines in its First Competition

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Photos courtesy of Christine Cleary
Photos courtesy of Christine Cleary

Springs School's first Lego League team had its first competition this weekend at Great Hollow Middle School in Nesconset. Even though it was the team's first competition, they brought home the "Judges' Award" for their project: "The Toilet Sink." "This was the team's first competition but you would have never known," said Assistant Principal Ms. Cleary. "They were composed, focused, determined, and displayed great sportsmanship. They competed against many schools who have been involved in robotics for years and teams composed of 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders (our team is 5th grade only)." Each member of the team played an integral role in explaining the problem, solution and research that went into to their project.

 

The Lego League is a forum where "tomorrow's innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork." Teachers Mr. Scala. and Ms. Pannizzo are the Lego League Coordinators/Coaches. "These League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution," explained Mr. Scala. The Springs School team is made up of nine fifth grade students. The students meet with Ms. Pannizzo three times a week for one period and with Mr. Scala after school to research a real world problem and develop a solution. Through their work, the students learn about coding, robotics, and engineering. Students also meet about once a week after-school with both Ms. Pannizzo and Mr. Scala to continue their work. "It takes a deep commitment, and a good deal of time to participate," said Mr. Scala.

 

 

To find out more about the Lego League, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qeBFeFyYp0&feature=youtu.be

 

 

You can read an article on the Lego League in this week's Independent newspaper by clicking here.