Since spring of 2014, U-Hill Elementary students have been cultivating their science, technology, engineering and math skills with their new LEGO Robotics after school club.
Since its formation, students from Kindergarten to Grade 5 have worked on hands-on STEM based activities that are both engaging and fun. Each week, students build robots using LEGO Education Mindstorms EV3 sets and use computer software to program the robots with specific coding and algorithms to do specific tasks.
The club is the result of some serious support from the school's PAC, school administration team and a group of committed parent volunteers.
After only a year and a half, the club has already been very successful. Recently, in collaboration with Gearbots.org, students from the club headed to the BCIT Engineering Challenge at the Skills Canada BC provincial competition. On April 15, three students represented the school in its provincial robotics competition in the Junior Engineering level for 9-14 year old students. During the competition, they competed with other elementary students to accomplish various robotics challenges and tasks, which tested their teamwork, programming and critical thinking skills.
In addition to expanding students' minds, the club is also working on supporting the learning of the school community's adults.
Recently, Barish Golland, one of U-Hill Elementary's parent volunteers and LEGO Robotics club founders led several Pro-D Day sessions to teachers at U-Hill Elementary to get them hands-on with LearnToLearn and StoryStarter including use of the accompanying iPad App.