WSU to host LEGO Mindstorms Challenge for ninth year
Feb 3, 2009 9:46 AM | Print
The colleges of education and engineering at Wichita State University will host the ninth annual LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Challenge from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Heskett Center gymnasium. An awards ceremony follows at 5 p.m. in 208 Hubbard Hall.
The event, funded by Spirit AeroSystems, provides young students with the opportunity for practical application and exhibition of math, science, programming and engineering skills, as well as promoting teamwork, dedication and sportsmanship.
Teams of fourth- through eighth-grade students from across Kansas will complete mission challenges designed by College of Engineering students and demonstrate what they have learned to an audience that includes professional engineers and educators, industry representatives, families, friends and members of the community.
Oral presentations, table displays and notebooks require students to document and articulate what they learned and the process their team completed to prepare for the challenge.
Sportsmanship and spirit are judged throughout the day to promote collaboration and teamwork.
The Mindstorms Challenge provides teachers an opportunity to showcase what they learned in WSU classes and workshops, and how they use robotics to teach science, technology, engineering and math concepts to their students.
It also provides an environment in which they can share and collaborate with other educators and professional engineers.
This year, organizers expect about 40 teams, almost double the participation in previous years.
Teams will be from such diverse Kansas communities as Andover, Belle Plaine, Canton-Galva, Cheney, Derby, Goessel, Colwich, Lyons and Wichita.
Many of the coaches who bring teams to the Mindstorms Challenge received training through robotics courses taught by WSU's College of Education and received start-up equipment from funding provided by Boeing Charitable Trust and Spirit AeroSystems grants.
For more information about LEGO Mindstorms Challenge, visit the Web site at www.wichita.edu/shockermindstorms/.
Rhatigan Renewal revives campus life
Wichita State to dedicate Beggs Hall
Innovative splint developed by WSU researchers
WSU finance students study the market in real time
Students feel at home in Shocker Hall
WSU expansion will support job growth, innovation
Wichita State Musical Theater presents 'The Spitfire Grill'
Economic Outlook Conference, Oct. 9
History Department special presentation
Workshop to prepare students for ACT
Nursing student workshop to be held at WSU
WSU hosting 'Writing Now, Reading Now' series
WSU to host ACT Math Workshop
David Cabela to speak at WSU forum
Constitution Day activity at WSU
The Elliott School of Communication turns 25
Kansas Council for Economic Education receives grant
Ray to discuss photography at reception
Students, community welcome at WSU outdoor movie
AQR holiday travel forecast: Book early
CEDBR now offers indicators in optimal format
Tree planting honors WSU's KBOR anniversary
WSU's Barton School gets new interim dean
WSU School of Nursing one of 100 schools chosen
STEMpact2020 gets coordinator