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According to the US Department of Commerce.  “STEM workers drive our nation’s innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. However, U.S. businesses frequently voice concerns over the supply and availability of STEM workers. Over the past 10 years, growth in STEM jobs was three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs.”

History

  • LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT is a robotics toolset that provides endless opportunities for budding inventors, robotics fanatics and LEGO builders ages 10 and older to build and program robots that do what they want.  ​
  • The aim of this program is to inspire and support students outside of the classroom setting to go beyond the basics in bringing LEGO-based engineering to all. 
  • Goal: get students excited about STEM disciplines, learn problem solving skills, design, trouble-shooting, etc.

Highlights

  • This competition is a great way to support schools, promote STEM learning and also promote our adult education campus.-Competition was hosted at the Willow Campus
  • Children were judged by engineers and business people from the community.

Robotics

On November 3, 2017, After School Kindergarteners through 3rd graders had a chance to participate in the Junior Robotics Competition. The competition’s theme this year was water conservation. There were three parts to the competition – coding, team building, and project presentations. School teams were judged in all three areas; however, the presentations carried the most weight. Teams were required to create a presentation based on how water travels, how water is being used, and how we can conserve it. Participants were also required to create a robot that will help water conservation. In the end, Baldwin Academy took 1st place with the highest overall score, followed by Nelson Elementary in 2nd, and Sparks Elementary in 3rd

Jr. Robotics Competition
Jr. Robotics Competition
Jr. Robotics Competition