LEGO® Mindstorm® gives kids a chance use to apply math and science skills to the real world in a fun environment.
Franklin, TN (PRWEB) December 31, 2011
“I’ll never use math”, is a common statement by young students. Getting students excited about math and science takes real world involvement. LEGO® Mindstorm® gives kids a chance use to apply math and science skills to the real world in a fun environment. The Mindstorm® package includes LEGO® pieces that can be assembled into components that support the “microprocessor brain”. There really is no limit to the creative possibilities of these Mindstorm® robots.
Each year the engineering team at Healthclick – The home of North American Seminars, a national provider of continuing education for physical therapists and occupational therapists sponsors a FIRST® LEGO® League Team. It is the goal of the FIRST® LEGO® League to bring robotics to 9 to 16 year olds and get them excited about science and technology.
The team at Healthclick guides the team to program an autonomous robot using the LEGO® Mindstorm® robot set. This year’s challenge involved food safety. The challenged focused around understanding what it takes to get food from its origin to our table every day. Each year North American Seminars sponsors a team at the State championship in Tennessee. This year’s team, once again, finished second for Robot Design.
While it’s always nice for the team to receive an award, the real goal is for the kids to get excited about math and science. Each year, the State Championship reflects the excitement of six months of weekly preparation by the team. The event is set up like a grand sporting event. The team at Healthclick enjoys the coaching and participation in that it gives the engineers a chance to give back to the local community and help the kids on the team see the value in math and science skills. The Healthclick team narrated the State championships on its twitter account @healthclick providing play by play of the live action. Look for next year’s event on @healthclick.
This year, in addition to new online continuing education for physical therapists and delivery of over 300 live continuing education courses for physical therapists and occupational therapists, look for activity from our competitive robot team. For more information visit http://www.healthclick.com