SIS News Archive
Shekou International School has launched for the first time the "SIS First Lego League Team." These ambitious students will participate in SIS's first robotics competition, the First Lego League Tournament, to be held in Guangzhou on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
WHAT IS FIRST LEGO LEAGUE?
FIRST means: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST LEGO League competitions are held at schools around the world bringing together enthusiastic students of all abilities to discover the joy and challenge of applying real-world math and science concepts in a positive, supportive atmosphere.
Teamwork and fun are celebrated! Teams work diligently over several months in preparation for the competition. Teams must then demonstrate before a panel of judges their expertise in four areas:
- Research presentation
- Robot design presentation
- Core values presentation
- Robot mission board
In preparation for the competition, each team researches an authentic problem and develops a solution. For this year's challenge, "Animal Allies", students must identify, design, and share a solution to a problem that will improve interactions between people and animals. They also must design, build, and program a robot to accomplish an array of tasks worth points within a strict time limit. Finally, each team presents evidence before the judges how they demonstrated the Core Values of FLL.
- We are a team.
- We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
- We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together.
- We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
- What we discover is more important than what we win.
- We share our experiences with others.
- We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.
- We have FUN!
The impact upon students who participate in FIRST can be life changing. FIRST cites documents attesting that "88% are more interested in doing well in school, and 87% have more interest in attending college."
What impact our own team will make at the Guangzhou Competition? Wish them luck as they embark upon this journey of discovery!
Kathy Diaz, Grade 5 Teacher