Lego makes school science fun

2015-04-30 14:39

SCHOOLS in Nelson Mandela Bay will soon be exposed to the fun and excitement of science and technology when the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University School of ICT introduces the First Lego League.

The league was created through a partnership between the US-based organisation FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), led by Segway inventor Dean Kamen and the Lego Group.

The organisers say Lego helps with building self-confidence, knowledge and valuable career and life skills.

The league challenges children between the ages of nine and 16 to think like scientists and engineers. Alongside adult coaches, teams solve problems using research, engineering concepts, presentation techniques and robots.

The University’s School of ICT plans to visit 20 schools to create awareness of First Lego League and get interested children to form teams.

Natasha Saunders of Eagles Home School, the regional champions for 2013 and 2014, says, “It is as though someone has taught me a skill as vital as breathing. I have seen the life value for myself, the children and the future of the country.”

The teams – from two to a maximum of 10 members – learn valuable skills while researching challenges facing today’s scientists.

In this year’s FLL Trash Trek, challenge pupils will explore the world of trash – from collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse. The project requires pupils to engage with their community and find solutions to the refuse problems they face.

In addition to the research project, teams will design, build, and programme autonomous robots using Lego Mindstorms technology to complete missions on a thematic playing field.

The tournament takes place at the NMMU Indoor Sport Centre on October 24. Throughout the year, the NMMU School of ICT will also provide free training workshops for the teams at NMMU North Campus. – REPORTER

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