Last Saturday, over 90 Reading Middle and Elementary students participated in the third annual Reading Science and Engineering/First Lego Teams Competition. This competition is based on the guidelines provided annually by First Lego League, a world wide organization that has been existence for the last 11 years. Each year presents a different challenge to the students as they create both a Lego Mindstorms Engineering solution to a problem and give a presentation that focuses on that particular theme. This year’s theme is called the 2010 Body Forward™ Challenge, where First Lego League teams will explore the cutting-edge world of Biomedical Engineering to discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body’s potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives.
The Reading competition is run entirely by volunteers with some logistical support from the Reading Public Schools. Teams begin practicing in the fall for the competition. This year, there were 13 teams, 90 students, and 32 coaches. Seven of the 32 coaches were high school students who have a keen interest in physics, biomedicine, and engineering.
Each school is led by a volunteer coordinator who provides logistical support to the teams at that school. Those coordinators are as follows:
Kerry Lewis-Birch Meadow
Vito Politano at Killam
Kristin Kinsella-Wood End
The entire Reading First Lego League organization is led by David Ventola, who started the program in Reading three years ago.
Below are some pictures from last Saturday’s competition. The Reading Public Schools is grateful for the support of this volunteer organization in providing this high quality STEM opportunity for our elementary and middle school students.
If you have any questions about the First Lego League, please contact David Ventola at firstname.lastname@example.org.