Wednesday, January 18, 2017

UCF Elementary Students Help Solve Problems for Pigs in FIRST LEGO League STEM Competition

Team Robotic Waffles Picture with Pig

Team "Robotic Waffles" comprised of eight of our students and, led by coaches Denise Palahunik and Cora Forgeng competed in this year's FIRST LEGO League challenge.

The challenge required that teams design a solution to a real-world problem involving animals, and have it evaluated by a panel of judges. The fourth- and fifth-graders who all live near Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square decided to take advantage of the facility’s Swine Teaching and Research Center to help.

The students considered the situation. What could be better about this environment for the sows? What could they design to make a difference? How could they make it work?

Click here for pictures and details about the project

Team Members
John Albans
Annabella Ammon
Cael Ammon
Ethan Bockoven
Will Neuberger
Daniel Palahunik
Alex Tomaszewicz
Zach Tomaszewicz

Coaches Denise Palahunik and Cora Forgeng told us  that, "We took this coaching opportunity to create another safe, fun, learning environment for our kids. As rookie coaches we defined what a win would mean to us and always came back to the #1 success factor being a group of 4th and 5th graders that were motivated to continue with FLL. While our season officially ended in December, our team continues to practice and that is a very rewarding Win all around."

About FIRST LEGO League - Discovering the excitement of STEM
Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by two or more adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League* teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8**) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.

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

* An alliance between FIRST and the LEGO® Group
** Ages 9-14 in the U.S. and Canada. Ages vary by country.

Learn more about the FIRST LEGO League