May 23, 2013

2nd annual Junior First LEGO League showcase triples number of participants

Nearly 330 grade 1 to 4 students from 12 Peel District School Board schools will take part in the Junior First LEGO League Showcase on May 28 at the HJA Brown Education Centre. The program features a real-world challenge to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. 

“The event is an opportunity for students to interact and learn with technology,” says Harpreet Kaur Neelam, instructional coordinator of science and technological education at the Peel board. “It’s a way for students to get excited about science and technology and, for most of the students, it’s their first experience with robotics.”

Guided by their teachers, students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to create solutions and present them for review. The theme for the event is Super Seniors. Teams will research by talking to a senior about the technological changes in their lifetime. They will create a display board and  LEGO models that reflect what they have learned from their research. One of the models must be a simple machine and one of the models must have a motorized part, both of which can be incorporated into the same model.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tony Pontes, director of education, will make opening remarks at the awards ceremony at 12:15 p.m. Students will also see a demonstration of the robot from Rick Hansen Secondary School, which won first place at the FIRST World Robotics Competition. The HJA Brown Education Centre is located at 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga.

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Media contact: Harpreet Kaur Neelam, Instructional Coordinator of Science and Technological
Education, Peel District School Board, [email protected]. 905-890-1010, ext. 2473
 
Reference: Scott LaMantia, School Communications Specialist (acting), [email protected], 905-890-1010, ext. 2098

Note to Media: For a complete agenda, contact Harpreet Kaur Neelam

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