Tuesday, March 24, 2015

GSSI Hosts Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois hosted the Southwestern Illinois Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo on March 21 at Soutwestern Illinois College.

JrFLL is for children ages 6-9 and captures young children's curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult Coaches, teams use LEGO® bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey.

Through JrFL children get to: design and build a challenge-related model using LEGO® components, create a Show Me Poster and practice presentation skills, explore challenges facing today's scientists, discover real-world math and science, begin developing teamwork skills, choose to participate in expos and showcases, engage in team activities guided by Jr.FLL Core Values

At the Expo, teams displayed their model and research, as well as gave several presentations to volunteers judges.  There were also a number of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exhibitions, demonstrations and hands-on activities provided by GSSI.

The teams below competed and were recognized with a unique award: 
Bionic Bots – Journey
Brain Freeze – Outstanding Teamwork
Brain Train – Amazing Movement
8548 Cowgirls – Complexity and Decoration*
Clever Little Foxes – Picasso
Junior LEGO Masters – Construction Innovation
Kennard CJA – Show and Tell
Knights of the Round LEGO – Master Programmer*
LEGO Brownie Bots – Simply Awesome Machine*
LEGO League Thin Mints – Synergy*
Pink Peacocks – Spirit*
Smart Imaginative Engineering Kittens – Solid As a Rock 
Royal LEGOS #1 – Gracious Professionalism
Royal LEGOS #2 – Efficient Builder
Laughing LEGO Cyber Bots – Little Einstein
*GSSI Team