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LEGO competition attracts teams from SCV

teams from the SCV International Charter School competed at Junior FIRST LEGO tourney

Posted: February 6, 2010 10:55 p.m.
Updated: February 7, 2010 4:30 a.m.

The Salty Salmon team from the Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School included, left to right, Enoch Ko, Gabriel Ramirez, Caleb Robertson, Emily Hyun, Ethan Edwards and Riley Ruiz. They won the "Teamwork" award.

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The Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School recently participated in the Junior FIRST LEGO League Tournament held at Legoland California in Carlsbad.

Six teams from the SCV participated in the event held Jan. 30. Each team fielded six members, said Megan Edwards who oversaw the program.

The SCV teams included Salty Salmon, Extreme Lego Team, Lightning Shock, Best Legobots, Lego Firebolts and Building Dragons.

Edwards said the Salty Salmon team brought home the “Teamwork” award and the Extreme Lego Team captured the “Special Recognition” award.

The Junior FIRST LEGO League introduces students in grades one through three to the worlds of science and technology, said Edwards.

“The program features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination,” she said.

Guided by adult coaches, students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to create solutions in the form of a LEGO model that they design themselves and present for review. The teams must also create a science fair-type three-sided poster explaining what the team learned.

“This year’s challenge, called ‘Smart Moves,’ dealt with supply-chain engineering,” said Edwards. “Each team chose an object to follow from origin to end user, researched the journey and then built a model of the journey out of LEGOS.”

Edwards said each team chose a different object; Salty Salmon chose Pacific Salmon, Extreme Lego Team chose a book, Lightning Shock chose a soccer ball, Best Legobots chose a piece of mail, Building Dragons chose a Nintendo DS game and the Lego Firebolts chose a laptop computer.



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