Challenger Center Colorado, with the financial support of the United States Air Force Academy, is hosting a LEGO® WeDo Design Challenge event for fourth through fifth grade students. Educators may now apply to participate! LEGO® WeDo kits are innovative, project-based engineering activities consisting of designing and building a machine according to a set of design criteria, and then programming the machine to carry out a specific function. Working in teams, students learn about robotics, problem solving, and engineering through designing, building, programming and testing their LEGO® WeDo. The project can be accomplished in a classroom, after-school club setting, or home school co-op. Additional information about LEGO® WeDo can be found on their website: www.legoeducation.us
The 2016-2017 Design Challenge will be an exercise in teamwork, problem solving, and creativity. Specifics of the challenge will not be announced until the competition begins. Teams will have one hour to build their projects to specified goals and constraints. Awards will be given for first, second and third place. Due to the growth of the competition over the past few years, the WeDo Design Challenge will be split into two divisions, with one division tentatively scheduled to compete on Tuesday, January 31st. The second division is tentatively scheduled to compete on Wednesday, February 1st. Both events will be held in the Venue at Library 21c in Colorado Springs. Competition details and divisions will be sent out after all grant applications and sign ups have been received. UPDATE: Competition dates have been rescheduled. The WeDo competitions will be held on February 6 and 13, 2017.
Participation grants are available for qualified teachers and homeschool groups. Selected educators will receive up to 8 LEGO® WeDo kits, including programming software and activity ideas, and teacher training and support from Challenger Colorado staff. Teachers who participated in previous Design Challenges are welcome to apply to receive additional kits; however, priority will be given to teachers who have not received the grant before.
The LEGO® WeDo kit comes with curriculum that closely aligns with Colorado state standards for upper elementary grade students (see chart on the next page) in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Grant deadline has ended. Check back next year for more opportunities...
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