On December 2nd, 2017, The STEM Academy @ Bartlett’s First Lego League students competed at First Lego League Regionals hosted by Savannah State University on the Oglethorpe Charter School campus. First Lego League Regionals is an interdisciplinary challenge to solve the global water crisis.
Thirty-eight STEM students along with students from throughout the Southeast Georgia region used robotics, coding, skits, and research to present a problem and provide an innovative solution related to the global water crisis. The STEM Academy had the most teams present, with four teams comprised of 9-10 middle school students.
The STEM Academy brought home three out of the ten trophies available: 2 Core Values Awards and a Robot Design Award. STEM’s Aqua Nerds team, comprised of sixth through eighth graders, and STEM’s Steam Bots team, comprised of all sixth graders, both won the Core Values Award, while STEM’s Corvus Corax, a sixth-eighth grade all-girls team, won the Robot Design Award.
The team will learn later in the week if they advance to the Super Regionals Competition in Warner Robins, Georgia.
A robotics program designed for 9 to 16 year olds, First Lego League aims to excite students about science and technology while teaching them valuable employment and life skills. First Lego League teams are composed of up to ten students with one adult coach.
Will Hanna, STEM’s LegoRobotics instructor and 2018 Teacher of the Year, states, “I am really proud of how students worked as a team and showed all they learned.”
Part of the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, The STEM Academy @ Bartlett is a specialty middle school serving sixth through eighth grade students. The school was Georgia’s first certified STEM middle school and FETC’s number one STEM middle school in the United States. The National Middle School Association recently chose The STEM Academy as a Lighthouse School to Watch. For more information, contact The STEM Academy by phone at (912) 395-3500 or visit their website at http://stem.sccpss.com.