A PlayPump Story Takes Students On A Water Journey

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How often are children told to wash their hands or drink lots of water?  Probably pretty often.  Many have easy access to swimming pools, fountains,  fresh water lakes, some even have the ocean right in their backyard.  Unfortunately it’s a sad reality that accessible clean water is a luxury to many parts of the world.

So how do we teach young people to appreciate such a valuable resource when their accessibility to water is literally at the turn of a tap?

You let them discover the journey.

In FIRST® LEGO®  League Jr., students learn about a very special outdoor play apparatus in South Africa called a PlayPump.  In the communities where these were built, children are able to play on this practical merry-go-round that pumps water out of the ground and into a holding tank. From there,  a tap can be opened so the community can access this clean water supply when needed.  Students find out the benefits of this invention, and also the challenges that it faces.  Furthermore, they learn that this isn’t a one step process.

In conjunction with their Inspire Model (a LEGO Water Pump), students build the different stages that water travels in order to get to where it can be used.

Next on their Aqua Adventure, students will choose a water use that they’ll focus their team model around!

 

Are you interested in becoming a coach or mentor? It’s not too late start a FIRST LEGO League Jr. team. Email us at mentors(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)frcwest.com today!

FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. begins their AQUA ADVENTURE

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Getting pumped for the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. 2017/2018 season? In the AQUA ADVENTURESM Challenge, more than 40,000 children will navigate the uncharted waters of this most valuable resource.  In British Columbia and Alberta we have a combined total 31 FIRST LEGO League Jr. teams.  On behalf of FIRST Robotics Society of western Canada, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to all, especially to those volunteers, mentors and coaches who without your contribution, this program would not be possible.

FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.)  is a non-competitive, hands-on, STEM based program designed for children ages 6 – 9. It is the first of four programs offered by FIRST.  It sets the foundation for students to learn basic engineering and programming skills while igniting their creativity by using LEGO as their medium.  Students are presented with a real world challenge and guided using research, critical thinking, teamwork, gracious professionalism and of course fun!

This week some of our teams learned about FIRST Core Values and built a LEGO water pump which they will incorporate into their final team model.

FIRST LEGO League Jr. Team 11227
FIRST LEGO League Jr. Team 12225

This is sure to be an exciting season! Please stay tuned for more and don’t forget to follow us on our social media!