Lego Leagues are a way for children to be introduced to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by using a familiar medium to build simple and complex machines that solve a real world problem. The Iowa State University Extension office, in partnership with Monsanto, is creating a new Lego League team. Junior First Lego League Club invites all 6 to 10-year-olds to participate in this year’s challenge.
“There a few other clubs in town,” said ISU extension director Krista Reginetter. “Our team is a junior team, so the students will be doing simpler, less competitive projects but will still develop a lot of new skills.” Each team will create a poster project. While the STEM principles are at the forefront, the club promotes learning through teamwork. “The students also have to give presentations of their projects, so they learn presentation and communication skills as well,” said Reginetter. Monsanto has funded the purchase of the LEGO equipment and the mechanics. Area volunteer team leaders will cover real world topics ranging from recycling to energy, all packed with big fun for every child to enjoy.
“The teamwork part of it is so important. It is really about these students working together towards a common goal,” Reginetter said.
The Junior First Lego League Club will meet Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and meetings will continue through May 2017. The league meetings at Muscatine Community College, Strahan Hall room 10. For more information, contact 563-263-5701.