First Lego League challenge is an international robotics program promoting interest in kids about the excitement that STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) learning can provide. First Lego League participants are made up of team ages seven through fourteen. Each year FLL teams present a challenge that has a central theme taken from real world topics within STEM related; transportation, climate, energy, and biomedical engineering. STEM related issues encourage kids to come up with amazing ways to solve problems and then present their ideas and share their project to the other twenty two teams.
Each year, for the last five years, Kealakehe High school’s robotics team has held a robotics competition in our gym for students in first through eighth grade. A total of twenty teams ( 200 students) have competed and range from different schools across the Big Island. At First Lego League, to make it fun for the students, the team made many booths including face painting, tower challenges, mini-town, and a photo booth. These booths made learning fun by incorporating prizes and team activities as well as educational information. The team hopes to inspire younger generations to pursue STEM now and in the future. Face Painting was run by Kate Malardy and Kaila Lucas for this year’s FLL competition. These girls have gotten exquisitely good at mastering the art of painting mustaches and butterflies throughout the day. Running the Tower Town booth we have Lily Gannone and Isaac Carvalho. For supplies the kids got popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, velcro, pencils, rubber bands, aluminum foil and tape. The mission was to complete the task in the least time and have the tallest tower standing. Running the Photo Booth was Emily Gambing. She took fun pictures of the kids with funky and fancy props. The FLL competitors seemed to really enjoy this booth! There was also a mini town booth and this booth was ran by Ezra Kramer. It was composed of huge cardboard boxes which were constructed into little towns which kids could roam around in and play “mini-town”. In addition to that, we had Konawaena doing spin art and had robot demo’s of Kealakehe Robotics own robots. Showing off the bots incorporated education with fun activities and this will hopefully translate in their future when they remember this event and they will recall that STEM is fun!