Students at A Developing Mind may choose to participate in the FLL (First Lego League) after school program.
Every year the FLL challenges students to develop a Robot using the EV3 or NXT Lego Mindstorm Technology to compete in the yearly challenge. This year’s theme was about finding better ways to teach.
Our team chose to work on ways to teach more effectively children with special needs. The Lego Warriors researched extensively several developmental disabilities, and interviewed therapists in order to design new strategies to teach special needs children.
This subject is close to their hearts, as some of their classmates are diagnosed with Autism, many of the Lego Warriors have now been trained in implementing re-enforcers and picture scheduled, so they can be a support system to their peers.
The Judges were impressed with their compassion toward other children and awarded them the Compassionate Award at the regional competition in Sandpoint. At the state competition, in Moscow, the Lego Warriors displayed a wide range of the core values of the FLL and were awarded the Gracious Professionalism award in the Core Value category.
We just can’t wait for next year’s challenge…