Submitted photo  Camden Johnson and Hazel Williams learning how to program at a robotics workshop in Elk

Submitted photo | Camden Johnson and Hazel Williams learning how to program at a robotics workshop in Elk

Learning Bridge’s newly formed, Robotics club includes grades K-8, with 4 Jr non-competitive teams (grades K-3) and two competitive teams (4-8), which can compete with other teams from the surrounding areas as well as at state, national and even world level. The club involves programming, designing and making robots to complete a series of missions, as well as a team research project about some aspect the annual theme, this year theme is “Into Space!” Team members are responsible for all of the work, with guidance from adult coaches.

First Lego League teams (up to 10 members, grades, 4-8) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build and program a robot, then compete on a table-top playing field.

It all adds up to tons of fun while learning to apply science, technology, engineering and math concepts (STEM). The students also develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s Core Values, which emphasize discovery, teamwork and good sportsmanship.

Learning Bridge would like to thank KGHM for the grant award of $5,000.00 which allowed the purchase of the robotic material.

First picture-Camden Johnson and Hazel Williams learning how to program at a robotics workshop in Elko.

2nd picture- Scot Duncan the Northern Nevada coordinator for First Lego League facilitated a workshop at the Elko Charter school. The 30 students in attendance were from Elko Charter, Learning Bridge and Elko County school from Owyhee.