FIRST Lego League
RAPID CITY, SD — Three organizations came together this weekend to encourage kids to get involved in the STEM program. The School of Mines, East Middle School, and First put on the 2019 FIRST Lego League qualifier.
Many assume FIRST Lego League is just a robot competition, but it is much more. FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology is a global organization focused on engaging children in research, problem solving, coding and engineering. It is also a leading non-profit STEM program for children worldwide.
There is a large focus on building lifelong skills such as teamwork, innovation and public speaking. For those involved, the process is lengthy, but very rewarding.
Mathew Clutter, a First Lego League participant talks of the design process.
“Our team will break into meetings or break into different groups, and kind of discuss different ways to approach the challenge that we’re given. So people start making different sorts of prototypes for different ways to complete the task essentially, then as we kind of bring everything together and test what works and what doesn’t work we end up with a final like solution, which is what we have behind us.”
Some projects have even become realities and are being used to improve daily live. This years theme was City Shapers, and the groups took on tasks involving building and construction. For groups that qualify, there will be an opportunity to represent Rapid City at the state championship, and potentially internationally.