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Building robots prepares future engineers


This year teachers, parents and mentors helped students establish 295 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams across Iowa, many of them 4-H teams. They competed in nine regional competitions, demonstrating their robot building skills. Eleven 4-H teams were among the 72 that competed for top honors during the Iowa FLL State Championship at Iowa State in January.

“Robots are a really engaging platform for students to practice using the engineering design process and to develop their creativity, teamwork and thinking skills,” said Holly Bignall, with ISU Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET). “Encouraging youth to develop these skills and enthusiasm for the field of engineering helps prepare them to become tomorrow’s leaders.”

This article appeared in March 2012 -- From Cathann Kress Newsletter