Singapore – 4th May 2017, Saturday – Last weekend, participants from various schools aged 6 to 9 years took part in the first ever held FIRST LEGO League Jr. Singapore during Tech Saturday at the Sands and Expo Convention Centre. FIRST LEGO League is a joint initiative by US-based FIRST (Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) and LEGO to inspire young people to get excited about careers in science and technology, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Targeting students from 6-9 years old, FIRST LEGO League Jr. consists of 2 parts: the LEGO model, and research for the Show Me poster. The first part consists of a research project and a presentation based on the theme for the season. The theme for this season is “Creature Craze” which challenges participants in each team to identify an animal that lives in the same habitat as the honey bees. This encourages students to teach others what they learned from the research findings. The next part consists of the LEGO Model which requires students to build a an animal in relation with Inspire set of the honey bee and to make sure at least one part of the model moves.
Teams presented their Show Me poster to judges on the 29th April 2017. Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information, officiated the prizegiving ceremony for our top awards.
The side event included the FUNtastic Challenge where teams were tasked to create a model from the design library; Frog, Gorilla, Spider, Snake and Mantis. Participants were given a guide to building using only three pictures. Teams then had to program and build the model within the time given. Teams then displayed their end product and story-tell their experience.
Duck Learning is proud to be the principal sponsor and organiser of the FIRST LEGO League in Singapore. The event is co-organised by IMDA and IMDA Pixel Labs. FIRST LEGO League is also part of the National Infocomm Competition by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and is supported by IMDA.