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OLA Lego Robotics Club

Launching this Fall 2017, the OLA Academic Booster Club is piloting a new STEM education concept -- the OLA Lego Robotics Club. To find out more, check out the Lego Robotics Club pages below, and register your child to become a founding member of this amazing learning experience.

Scroll below to access the Lego Robotics Club registration and information pages.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lego Robotics?

A: Lego Robotics is a Lego-sponsored initiative used by thousands of schools and millions of students to learn 21st century skills and turn Lego toys into programmable robots. If your son or daughter ever used/uses Legos, this just adds computers, sensors, and motors to what they already build but creates a pathway to more adventurous science and engineering pursuits down the road.

Who can join?

Do students need prior programming skills to join?

Any OLA student in grades 2-8.

Nope. Lego Mindstorms uses an object-oriented programming tool very similar to Scratch and Tynker that we expect OLA middle schoolers will quickly learn. Lego WeDo uses a graphical programming tool called Milo designed for kids ages 7 and up and is very easy to use.

Why should my son or daughter join?

Lego Robotics provides valuable extensions to math and science skills already being developed at OLA, as well as new opportunities to improve teamwork, collaboration, and creative thinking. Topical themes like artificial intelligence, design thinking, and the internet of things are made into concrete projects that students can relate to rather than less accessible, abstract concepts.

The club also provides opportunities for elected leadership positions for middle school students -- with an emphasis on those applying to high school soon -- along with opportunities for volunteer hours for club members who help as “buddies” for younger students. There will be a heavy emphasis on making the Lego Robotics experience enjoyable and fun, with snacks at every meeting, club t-shirts, prizes, and more.

When does the club meet?

The club meets Tuesdays from 3:15-4:45 in the lower hall starting September 19th

How much does it cost to join?

Club dues are $200 per year, which helps the ABC cover the costs of kits, terminals, storage units, and other expenses we incur to start and run the club.

What if I have sports or other conflicts?

The Lego Robotics Club is designed to be informal! There no (practical) penalty for missing a few meetings. Also, if our pilot program goes well, members will be eligible to participate in club meetings and initiatives in additional sessions held later in the school year.

How do I sign up?

Visit www www.olaabc.com by Wednesday, September 6, 2017.

How can I learn more?

Visit http://bit.ly/2uIIwjU for useful links.

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