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Decatur Parks & Recreation has really built something up this time. Since March, a new class for all kinds of kids has been offered at TC Almon, and it has all the makings of another hit. How could a class that’s nothing but LEGO® be anything but?
Lego-Botics Club, or Lego Robotics as some refer to it.
First® LEGO® League is a robotics program for children ages nine through sixteen. Their stated mission is “to get children excited about science and technology - and teach them valuable employment and life skills.” At the center of the FLL is a yearly challenge where teams from all over the country compete to offer innovative solutions to real-world problems facing today’s scientists. While the most exciting aspect for the kids might be The Robot Game, where the team constructs a robot to run a specially designed course and complete simple tasks, the real reward is the learning of and dedication to FLL’s Core Values, their attempts to teach every participant that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.
The long term goal of the Lego-Botics Club is to one day field a team. The opportunities offered by First® LEGO® League are more than the promise of a fun and exciting time. They offer many scholarships to participants, and we would be thrilled to help bring more scholarships into the Decatur area.
As for now, everyone involved is more than happy to offer the class to children of any and all ages. Unlike some PEHRL programs, it isn’t offered exclusively to homeschoolers. Monday morning classes are offered for younger kids, but the afternoon class has both older homeschoolers and kids fresh out of school. At this time, there are two meetings on Friday. The first one accomodates autistic children, and everyone is very excited to grow the program where it can serve all kinds of special needs children. The feeling is that we have something special and want to share it with everyone in the community.