PAXTON — Paxton School’s FIRST LEGO League Junior team showed off their hard work on their “Mission Moon” project at the Northwest Florida Okaloosa County Expo on March 14.
After weeks of learning about the moon and engineering through hands-on activities, the eight students designed a moon base out of Lego bricks to solve the problems humans would encounter on a long-term moon mission, including building and coding two robots.
Students shared their seven months of work by displaying their Lego build, robots and presentation board to a panel of reviewers who questioned them about their teamwork and knowledge of the moon.
As a result of their exceptional work, Paxton’s Lunar Cats have been selected to represent the 137 teams in their 16-county region at the FIRST Championship World Expo in Houston later this month.
According to the FIRST LEGO League website, "FIRST LEGO League Jr. gives early elementary school students and their adult coaches the opportunity to work and create together while they explore science and technology concepts."
FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology." FIRST LEGO Leagues are sponsored by organizations and industries such as NASA, Google, GM, Boeing, Apple and other science and technology industry leaders.