Question: Is the new Lego robotics program open to all fifth- and sixth-graders or are the students selected to join?
Answer: Over the summer, the district mailed letters to the families of all students entering grades 6-8, inviting them to participate in the new FIRST Lego League robotics program at Broadalbin-Perth. Middle school teams were formed based on student sign-ups and the availability of volunteer coaches.
We asked a member of our faculty to pilot the program with one fifth-grade team; so, there were no open sign-ups for this program at the fifth-grade level.
Understandably, there has been a lot of interest in this program, especially among families whose children have also participate in Odyssey of the Mind. However, FIRST Lego League is very different from Odyssey of the Mind in many ways, but especially in the way teams are formed and registered for competition. The team registration period has already closed, even though competitions won't take place until the spring.
Our plan is to expand our participation in this program to the intermediate school and high school next year, depending on the availability of volunteer coaches.
- answered by Stephen Tomlinson, superintendent of schools
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