FLL- First Lego League Pilot Program at Beech Street School

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Beech Street School was chosen as one of the three pilot schools to participate in the First Lego League Project. 

FIRST Jr. Steam Ahead is part of the curriculum at three of our Manchester Schools:  Beech St. Elementary School, Jewett Elementary School and Green Acres Elementary School.  Students are engaged and solving real-world problems with innovative solutions.  Each of the three schools will participate in a challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic.  Before the teams can participate in the challenge, students need to build a robot.  Each challenge has three parts:  the Project, Robot Game and the FLL Core Values.  Teams program a robot to score points on a themed playing field that was set up by students. Students identify a solution to a problem they have identified, all guided by the FLL Core Values. 

Mentors volunteering in the 4th grades' robotics program include:
Christina Proulx, Sarah Sereno, and Susan Morgan
David Lanzillo, Sean Murphy, and Himanshu Gohel
Becky Stoughton, Karen Smith and Sharon Klarie 

Expert Expo Day

Beech Street's First Expert Expo
Each of the 21 FLL teams chose a topic they would like to research. Topics ranged from basketball to cake baking and everything in between. Part of that research involved talking to an expert in their field to find out how people learn the topic. Did they read a book, watch a video, get training, etc.?

The Beech Street Community reached out and found experts in all 21 fields including a train conductor and three video game designers. They were invited to share their expertise (and some brought cool props) with our researcher students.

Additionally, over 10 business people in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) careers also attended and answered the students' questions about their jobs.

click here for pictures of our event
click here for link to the Union Leader letter to the editor


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