Seventy-six elementary-aged students from across the District recently gathered at Penn Wynne Elementary School to compete in Lower Merion's annual Jr. FIRST Lego League (JrFLL) Expo - a fun-filled and engaging event aimed at inspiring interest and participation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). After months of preparation, team members were eager to present their projects to judges and compete for prizes.
This year, the JrFLL Expo – operating under the theme of "Mission Moon" – challenged students (ages 6-10) to research ways humans could live and survive on the moon and to then build their very own moon base. After completing their research on the assigned topic, teams had to create a Lego model display of their moon base and a tri-fold "Show Me" poster illustrating and explaining the different ways human beings would be able to stay alive while living on the moon.
Throughout the afternoon, the teams participating in the JrFLL competition presented their projects to a panel of judges comprised of students from the Lower Merion High School Technology and Engineering Club, which is the umbrella organization for the Technology Student Association (TSA) and DAWGMA Robotics. In addition to their roles as judges, the Lower Merion students also ran a robotics demonstration during the event.
The Jr. FIRST Lego League event has been coordinated for the last three years by Lower Merion High School senior Julian Ginzburg. The expo is run as an independent event under the FIRST organization, which gives students the opportunity to explore the application of technology and science innovation. The program is designed to cultivate interest in applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It focuses on allowing students to experience the process of creating innovative solutions. The students guide themselves through selecting a problem, generating ideas, testing solutions, redesigning and then finally presenting their unique solution. This year's event was a resounding success. Information regarding the events for next year program will be shared in October, so stay tuned!