Selected 4th and 5th grade students are selected through an application process each fall to participate in a state wide Lego League competition.
Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach (two coaches required in U.S./Canada), participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. Teams may then attend an official tournament, hosted by one of our FIRST LEGO League Partners.
Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing our Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles that naturally come from participating in the program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.
Lego League 2017-2018
Do you know how much water is used in your home each day? For a family of four, taking showers, using the dishwasher, and other water usage, it can be up to 110 gallons per day! That is a lot of water wasted down the drain. Some countries don't use that much in a week. For example, Africa uses around 21 gallons per day.
Is there a way we can reuse the water that goes down the drain? Yes! The Hydro Heroes, Viola Gibson's Lego League team, have come up with a solution to this water wasting problem. Their solution is the Hydro Cycler. The water from our showers, washing machines, dishwashers, and bathroom sinks is pumped into the Hydro Cycler to be used again in our homes.
As water enters the Hydro Cycler, it is filtered for debris. Then it goes into the foam filter, which cleans out all the soap. After being filtered, it enters the tank where the bio rocks remove contaminants from the water. By using a Hydro Cycler in your home, your family could save up to 68 gallons of water per day.
Our Lego League team, Hydro Heroes, competes Saturday, November 11th at Prairie Pointe Middle School.