First Lego League

This program is offered at Bethany Community School as an afterschool program. Students are led by Ms. Vodenichar as they experience hands-on learning through LEGO® Robotics.

Teamwork, collaboration, creativity, problem-solving, perseverance, troubleshooting, design, construction, programming, presenting, and competition are all things that students get to experience in robotics!

Students work in small groups to design, build, and program a robot of their own creation! Math, science, technology, and engineering are used to help build and program their robot to complete a variety of challenges.

No prior experience is needed. Students are taught the basics, then use teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving skills to complete challenges.

What type of equipment do you use? We use the LEGO® Mindstorm kit and software to design and program the robots. The kit contains motors as well as light, sound, touch, and ultra-sonic sensors. Students program the robots to react to stimuli detected by the sensors.

Weekly practices are held after-school, usually Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, for about 90 minutes throughout the school year.

We have had students travel to Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham and Charlotte to compete in FIRST®LEGO® League competitions and scrimmages. FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL) competitions occur during the fall, and a new theme is given each year. FLL teams are tasked with completing a research project, proving they can work together as a team, and robot missions to complete on a predesigned competition table. In the spring, students compete in other types of scrimmages, including SUMO competitions (which is always a favorite)! BCS also hosts a family night for students to compete in challenges and invite friends and family to see what they have worked on throughout the year.

There is no cost to participate; however, we do participate in fundraising for supplies and competition registration fees.

Applications are available at the beginning of the year, and an announcement is made through school publications such as the Wolf Call.