FLL Jr. Informational Letter
Mesquite Elementary will have a FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL Jr.) Engineering Program as part of our extracurricular program this year.
The FIRST LEGO League Junior program is a hands-on program designed to build interest in the areas of science, and engineering in young children by exposing them to problem solving opportunities. Student teams are presented with a problem that has two parts, building a model with a moving part (manual or motorized) with Legos and presenting a “show me” poster with the model. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to use block computer programing with their model to navigate a set of challenges. They also learn how to do research to develop a solution based on the theme AQUA ADVENTURE.
In addition to the many technical skills stressed in FLL Jr., students develop their ability to work in teams, show sportsmanship, communicate clearly, and overcome challenges. This side of the competition is present in FLL Jr.’s core values:
- We are a team.
- We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
- We know our coaches and mentors don't have all the answers; we learn together.
- We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
- What we discover is more important than what we win.
- We share our experiences with others.
- We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.
- We have FUN!
Our school will offer students 9 years of age and under the opportunity to register to join our FIRST LEGO League Junior science & engineering team. We will meet from 2:30 – 3:30 every Tuesday and Thursday with Russell Husson-Matter. Students will need to be picked up after the club meeting. We will do a combined informational meeting with students and parents on Tuesday February 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm with regular meetings beginning on Thursday February 15 and continue until the EXPO in May at Arrowhead Park Early College High School in Las Cruces.
If your child is interested, please help her/him fill out the attached registration form, which asks students to briefly write about why they want to be part FLL Jr. and how they have demonstrated the Core Values listed above. Participation will be limited. This is due to the limited amount of space and materials needed to effectively run this type of club. We will also create a waiting list in case any of the original participants don’t show up, drop out, etc. Each participant needs to sign a behavior contract that must be adhered to in order to remain a club member.
We believe this will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our students. We are thrilled to be part of this endeavor!