Exploring Innovation: Tinc Road First Lego League Program
Excitement fills the air at Tinc Road Elementary School as students embark on a journey of creativity and innovation with the First Lego League program. This engaging initiative is set to inspire young minds, fostering a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through the thrilling world of robotics.
The First Lego League program, designed for elementary school students, combines hands-on robotics challenges with real-world problem-solving. Participants work in teams to design, build, and program their own robots using LEGO Mindstorms kits. This not only cultivates technical skills but also encourages collaboration and critical thinking.
Ms. Capone, who oversees the First Lego League program at Tinc Road along with Ms. Enea, shared her enthusiasm for the initiative.
"It's amazing to see the students embrace the creative process. The First Lego League provides a platform for them to apply STEM concepts in a fun and interactive way. It's not just about building robots; it's about solving real-world problems," said Ms. Capone.
The program includes a series of challenges that test the students' robots in various scenarios, fostering teamwork and problem-solving skills. Additionally, teams are tasked with identifying and solving a real-world problem related to the annual theme, adding a dimension of social responsibility to the program.
Ms. Enea, who has been involved in the program for two years now added, "It's fantastic to see the students so engaged and enthusiastic about learning. The First Lego League is not only teaching technical skills but also instilling a love for learning and teamwork."
Over the weekend, 30 teams from New Jersey joined together at Mt. Olive High School for a full day of First Lego League Competition fun with hopes of qualifying for the state competition! Tinc School represented well with 7 team members from the fifth grade. They consistently demonstrated “coopertition” and “gracious professionalism” throughout the day, which are the two emphasized philosophies of FLL . That day, the Tinc team presented their innovation project design. The team built and designed several prototypes of robotic arms and devices to assist a person with disabilities. Their dedication and passion towards the project shined through when they were explaining how it could change the lives of people who could not participate in everyday activities. In addition, the team constructed and coded a robot named Robert. Robert, full of downloaded mission codes created by the students, navigated the field to perform a set of tasks as parents and team members cheered him on. There were three rounds resulting in the scores 130, 140, and 140 points each round! When asked what the most difficult part was, they agreed that coding was the most frustrating. Several of the students asked about the opportunities that they would have at the middle school and we were happy to report that the middle school team has a robotics club!
The future looks bright as Tinc Road continues to invest in programs that inspire a passion for learning and exploration.