St. Patrick parents have embraced FIRST Lego League (FLL) as the model for teaching students about robotics and the soft skills that are important to learn, if they are interested in entering the “STEAM” fields. That acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
What is FIRST Lego League?
FIRST Lego League is best described as being “little league” for students interested in Robotics. FIRST was created to inspire young people to be leaders in science and technology by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills; inspire innovation; and foster well-rounded life skills including self-confidence, communication and leadership. For more information, click on this link: http://www.kcfirst.org
What makes a great team?
Parents actively participating! This is a volunteer-driven group and no one parent can successfully lead a team on their own. Your child will have a richer team experience watching their parent working with other parents supporting their team.
How much time is involved?
- St. Patrick Jr. FLL (1st-3rd graders) meet once a week for one hour. The Jr. FLL season typically runs January-April with a regional expo in April.
- St. Patrick FLL (4th – 8th graders) meet twice a week for up to two hours at a time. The FLL season typically runs mid-late summer to January. Winning FLL teams go onto regional and global competitions that may extend into spring.
For more details please click on the following link: http://www.kcfirst.org/programs
Where do the Jr. FLL and FLL teams meet?
Typically in the St. Patrick School Lego Lab Zone in Mr. Prim’s room.
How does my child sign up?
To join a team, please contact Volunteer FLL Coach James Prim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is expected of parents whose children participate?
Parents whose children participate are asked to volunteer for one of many roles on your child’s team. You don’t need to be an engineer, computer programmer, or scientist to help. Coaches are needed to help teach the students learn soft skills, how to interview and do research, help make posters explaining their projects, and many other activities that require mentoring, creativity, and supervision. Parents with different talent and gifts are needed to help mentor the students!
How do I volunteer?
The St. Patrick FLL volunteer parents and parishioners helping to support FLL and STEM programs at St. Patrick. Contact Volunteer FLL Coach to get involved.
St. Pat's Robotics
St. Patrick Parish & School School Phone: 816-453-0971
1401 NE 42nd Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64116 Parish Office: 816-453-5510