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FIRST Lego League

What is FIRST Lego League? 
 
We're excited for the return of FIRST Lego League to Decatur for the 2021-2022 school year! FIRST Lego League is a national robotics competition. 5th-8th grade students at Decatur will be exposed to hands on experience engineering a robot to complete up to 14 challenges in 2 and ½ minutes. Students will also design an Innovation Project where they will identify a problem with a building or public space in their community and design a solution to solve it.
 
Students will complete their missions and present their Innovation Project at the Chicago City Qualifier (2021 date is TBD). If they advance to the next round, students will have the opportunity to compete at the state and national level in January.  Please read the student requirements to apply.
 
How do I apply? 
 
If you and your parent(s)/guardian(s) are ready to commit to the program, please complete both a student application and a parent application to be selected for one of the *20 spots* available. Students who are able to attend *BOTH* Wednesday and Thursday after-school sessions will be given priority. Due to competition limits, not every student who applies will be selected.

Feel free to reach out with any questions!
Ms. Mendoza and Mr. Kovach
 
*STUDENT REQUIREMENTS TO APPLY*
 
  • Students must be in grades 5th-8th
  • All levels of expertise in engineering robots are welcome: beginner to advance. Our goal will be to learn new skills along the way.
  • You must submit a two-part application due by *Wed. Oct. 6*
    • Part 1: Student Application: Click here to answer questions about why you want to join the team
    • Part 2: Parent Consent: Parents, click here to give your consent to participate in a weekend competition in late November or early December (Date will be finalized after Oct. 15)
 
When does this club meet? 
 
We meet on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, 2:45-3:45p.m. with Mr. Kovach and Ms. Mendoza. Students are welcome to bring a snack to enjoy on the following dates after school:
  • Oct 13, Oct. 14, Oct 20, Oct. 21 Oct. 27, Oct. 28,
  • Nov. 3, Nov. 4, Nov. 10, Nov. 18,
  • Dec. 1, Dec 2, Dec. 8, Dec 9, & Dec. 15.
 
Note: Additional dates may be required if students advance past the city competition in December