On Tuesday 14 May, W5 welcomed 29 pupils from schools across NI to participate in the FIRST® LEGO® League JR. Expo event.
The FIRST® LEGO® League is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers.
The junior event - FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. is a non-competitive, hands-on STEM programme aimed at students aged 6 to 9. Each year, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. presents a new and exciting challenge to ignite the creativity of those involved. This year’s theme was ‘Mission Moon’ which aims to get pupils thinking about the moon, space exploration and travel.
Over the last few weeks, teams researched the project theme with the help of some STEM experts and professionals. Each team began the exploration of this real-world theme with an exclusive LEGO® Education Inspire Model. They constructed the Inspire Model using the on-line build instructions and used it as a starting point to design a large Team Model made only of LEGO® elements. As they worked, they learnt basic engineering and programming skills with LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 kits and applied those concepts to make their Team Model move.
At the Expo event, each team then showcased all their hard work, Team Model and research to some STEM professionals.
Well done and thank you to all involved, we hope you had a great day!
-Carr’s Glen Primary School
-Antrim Primary School
-Nettlefield Primary School
-Carrickmannon Primary School
-Astro Kids (Non-school based team)