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Two Baldwin DREAMers teams (4th grade and 5th/6th grade) attended a Penn FIRST LEGO League Qualifier Event at AIM Academy in Conshohocken on December 9. FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology and then compete on a table-top playing field. At the competition, 16 teams of up to 10 students (ages 9 to 16) were judged on their Project, The Robot Game and Core Values. Baldwin's 4th Grade team won a 2nd place trophy in Core Values and the 5th/6th grade team won 1st place for their project.
The theme this year was Hyrdo Dynamics — how we find, transport, use or dispose of water. Baldwin's teams have spent the last three months researching problems related to water and developing an innovative solution, as well as building and programming an ev3 robot to accomplish missions on the LEGO game board.
The 4th grade team looked closely at storm drains and how trash is often pushed into drains off of streets causing flooding and damaging rivers and streams. They created a programmable sweeper that would brush trash away from drains. They investigated previous solutions to drains and inspected storm drains on campus.
The 5th/6th grade team used social media to find out what people do and do not like about public water fountains. They also inspected all of the water fountains on Baldwin's campus using test swabs to check for bacteria. They created a new self-cleaning fountain that would be appealing to people in public.
Throughout all of this the girls were learning and practicing the core values of FIRST LEGO League: