Each year, the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado hosts a LEGO® WeDo Design Challenge event for fourth and fifth grade students. 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 activities take place in classrooms, after-school club settings, and/or home school co-ops. Additional information about LEGO® WeDo can be found on the LEGO® website: www.legoeducation.us
The 2017-2018 Design Challenge was an exercise in teamwork, problem solving, and creativity. Specifics of the challenge were not announced until competition began. Teams had one hour to build their projects to specified goals and constraints. Awards were given for first, second and third place. Due to the growth of the competition over the past few years, the WeDo Design Challenge was split into two divisions, with one division scheduled to compete on February 26th. The second division was scheduled to compete on February 28th. Both events were held in the Venue at Library 21c in Colorado Springs.
The LEGO® WeDo kit comes with curriculum that closely aligns with Colorado state standards for upper elementary grade students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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