This past Sunday, the nine resolute members of CIS’ Competitive LEGO-Robotics Team, hailing from IS 223 in their home borough of Brooklyn, qualified for the next round of the First Lego League Competition under the category “Against All Odds.”
After 5 months of building, re-building, and perfecting their machines, these adolescent engineers brought their team to victory, despite their underdog status. This win will qualify them to compete at the next level on March 14th for the NYC FLL Championship.
The Lego-Robotics course is one of many that Middle School students can choose from as part of the Out of School Time (OST) After School Expansion Program, which Mayor Bill De Blasio’s administration and DYCD (Department of Youth and Community Development) kicked off this past September.
Each day after school, we support students’ social and emotional development by providing a variety of group learning experiences and enrichment activities, from Yoga and Dance to Math and ELA. The Lego Robotics course meets 4 times a week and introduces students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete specific challenges and obstacle courses. The students research challenges facing today’s scientists while exploring critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills.
Our CIS Lego Robotics team hopes to continue participating in tournaments and to carry on its winning streak!