Summit Christian Academy introduced this school year FIRST LEGO League to the extracurricular line-up for elementary and middle school students.
“I am thrilled that SCA has brought FIRST LEGO League to our school this year,” said Roger Wagy, SCA FIRST LEGO League coach. “This program is the perfect outlet and training ground for tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.”
FLL is a robotics program designed to get students excited about science and technology. Through teamwork and problem solving, students are able to learn important life skills and valuable vocational habits. SCA has three teams this year: two 5th-6th grade teams and a 7th-8th grade team.
“Since this is the first year for our students, they have a lot to learn about building and programming robots. My hope is that the students can learn to work together as a team to accomplish specific goals they set for their robot,” said Wagy.
Three elements comprise FLL’s yearly Challenge: the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values. Using the LEGO MINDSTORMS robot set, students develop innovative solutions to a problem and score points by programming the robot to perform tasks on a thematic playing surface. The FLL Core Values direct how students interact with each other and how they approach problem solving.
This year’s Challenge is called NATURE’S FURY. Students will explore what happens when natural disasters collide with the places people live, work, and play.
“The students will get to participate in a regional qualifying tournament later this fall,” added Wagy. “I hope that experience awakens a passion in some of them to take this to the next level. In future years, I see no reason why SCA teams should not be well represented at the Kansas City regional tournament, and beyond,” Wagy said.