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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.

(From FIRST Lego website)

Si Se Puede sponsors 10 teams in the FIRST Robotics League and unlike other community programs, SSPF promotes an understanding of the importance that engineers and inventors play in the world’s economy. Understanding of the role they will play in creating our future, as well as the income they can earn, they end up with a clear defined rationale and purpose.

Albert L Esparza

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