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Published: Thursday, 11/15/2012

Sylvan Elementary hosts First Lego League expo

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Lego competition judge Maxwell Paulun, of Southview High School, confers with coach Tod Losey at the 2nd annual Sylvan Elementary Lego Expo. Lego competition judge Maxwell Paulun, of Southview High School, confers with coach Tod Losey at the 2nd annual Sylvan Elementary Lego Expo.
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The Sylvan Elementary gym was the selected site to feature various creations by the First Lego League and Junior FLL teams during the 2nd annual Sylvan Elementary Lego Expo Wednesday night in the Sylvania school.

The team challenge for 1012 is Senior Solutions, and the First Lego League teams (4th-6th graders) came up with creative invention ideas for seniors. Community members from the Sylvania Senior Center were invited to attend the event as special guests of the expo.

The team challenge is to improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities. Students interviewed senior citizens and developed a creation that will allow seniors to remain independent, engaged, and connected.

From left: Noah Gromes, Carson Stoller and Gavin Losey work on their lego project at the Lego Expo. From left: Noah Gromes, Carson Stoller and Gavin Losey work on their lego project at the Lego Expo.
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The First Lego League team interviewed a panel of seniors at the Sylvania Senior Center. They met with four seniors who shared their story and their desire to remain independent as long as possible. The team members took that information to help create items that would allow the seniors to do just that. 

The judges were given a rubric to evaluate the student's invention idea and provide feedback. The students then will use the judges feedback to make adjustments before their official competition at the First Lego League tournament on Dec. 1.

Each team would take approximately 10 minutes maximum for the judging process. Junior FLL (1st-3rd graders) members were scheduled to showcase their Lego creations and interviews they had with their "senior partners" (their grandparents) in the cafeteria.

The First Lego League is a robotics program for 9- to 16-year-olds designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills.



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