Discover how our kids are being empowered to create their future!
Each year a new real-world engineering challenge is presented to the teams to begin work on early in the academic school year. Teams from across the district spend countless hours before and after-school working on the challenge presented. The students are afforded the opportunity to design, create and work together to find a solution to the various tasks they are given. CY parent, Angela Reddick, said she believes the greatest part of the event is “being able to see my son learn how to work together and create as a team. He dedicated himself to the project…there were bumps in the road, but the students never gave up. Riley (her son) learned to stay positive and follow-through on his dedication to his team and the project.”
Opening night of the event brought a unique opportunity for students to be inspired by Guest Speaker Christian Long. Christian is the co-founder of WONDER (by Design): A Learning and Design Expedition, a collaborative multi-disciplined venture that explores the future of learning thru a human-centered design lens. After inviting and inspiring students to “Become the Superheroes our world needs”, Christian answered questions from the students in the audience and spent time exploring the competition floor.
62 FIRST Lego League teams in grades 4th-8th filled the floor of the Events Center to share their projects.
NCSD Athletic/Activities/Robotics Facilitator, Shannon Fischer, spends countless hours with her team helping assure the event is a resounding success each year. The greatest reward each year is, “Seeing the excitement, sense of accomplishment and confidence in the students as they leave the judging rooms and robot competition game floor. This program teaches students that failure is an opportunity to retry, grow, learn and find a better way to accomplish a mission or a task…the kids never seem frustrated when things don’t go just like they planned. Truly amazing.”