EDWARD WATERS COLLEGE TO HOST REGIONAL QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT FOR FIRST LEGO LEAGUE EDUCATIONAL ROBOTICS
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Dec. 8, 2017 — Edward Waters College will cap off Computer Science Education Week activities this Saturday by hosting the “Tiger Den Qualifier” FIRST LEGO League tournament with Renaissance Jax, Inc.
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 9
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Adams-Jenkins Sports & Music Complex
1833 Kings Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32209
The 2017-2018 competition theme, HYDRO DYNAMICSSM” , focuses on water: how people find, transport, use, or dispose of it. Guided by two or more adult coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams comprising up to 10 members in grades four through eight research a real-world problem related to the competition theme and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO software, then compete on a tabletop playing field. Twenty-two teams are entered in Saturday’s competition.
Students in EWC’s Department of Teacher Education and Urban Studies are supporting the tournament as volunteers and working toward training to coach robotics teams in communities surrounding EWC.
“By complementing its teacher education program with opportunities to support and lead activities like the Code.org curriculum, Computer Science Foundations, and the FIRST LEGO League, Edward Waters College is equipping a new generation of educators with tools to inspire teamwork, creativity, and critical thinking in their students,” said Kathleen Schofield, the STEM2 Hub’s K-12 program director.
“Edward Waters College is honored to host the Tiger Den Qualifier on our campus. This is great exposure of our campus and for our students and can be a gateway to cutting-edge research in our academic pursuits. We welcome this energy to our campus,” said Talia Ashley, Marketing and Communications Specialist for EWC.
“Our Department of Teacher Education and Urban Studies has worked hand-in-hand with our surrounding schools and the STEM2 Hub to encourage and engage our community in STEM and computer science experiences,” said Josetta Arnold, EWC’s STEM coordinator.
About Renaissance Jax, Inc.
Renaissance Jax is a non-profit organization dedicated to invigorating technology culture in Jacksonville, Florida. As an official Lego League Affiliate Partner for FIRST, we help Jacksonville-area kids and teenagers explore their love for engineering and technology in a fun, educational environment that promotes academic and career achievement.