Fourth Graders Learn Critical Thinking, Coding, and Design Skills with First Lego League

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to students through fun, exciting, hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experience through a guided global robotics program that helps today’s students and teachers build a better future together.

The program inspires students to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics. This year’s FLL theme was “Getting Everyone Active Outside,” and the students took to their challenge with enthusiasm despite the limitations of working remotely.

“Getting active outside is very important,” said Evan G. ’29. “Your lungs, your heart, your brain, and your muscles all benefit from getting active outside.”

Beasley Science Teacher Laura Pupillo reports, “Even though FLL looked different this year in fourth grade, we had such a good time together. We built EV3 robots, explored creative ways to get people outside, and built outdoor-inspired Lego creations. We assembled the LEGO field set for this year’s FLL challenge course and learned to code on the EV3 brick, Mindstorm software, and through Scratch coding games. We ended our time together learning how to make movies through Adobe Spark.”

LEGO EV3 robots encourage building and programming through a programmable power brick; servo motors; and color, touch, and infrared sensors. Students constructed the robots and then used programming to help the robot move and communicate.

The students worked remotely and enjoyed connecting with each other and Pupillo online. Crystal S. ’29 said, “I also like robotics because then I get to see all my friends online while doing robotics.”

Check our Crystal’s and Evan’s great Adobe Spark videos:

Way to go, Robotic Rulers!