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Building the Cities of the Future

Blog Type:  STEM Lower School
Date Posted:  Monday, December 16, 2019

FIRST LEGO League, for grades 4-8, focuses on a challenge based on a real-world scientific topic: this year is CITY SHAPER. The CITY SHAPER Challenge has students building, testing, and programming an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology and completing missions with it, all while thinking about how to create sustainable, accessible, healthy cities in the future.

In a new partnership between UC Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies and EB, UC Berkeley students with experience in robotics are coaching and assisting EB’s inaugural FIRST LEGO League team, as well as supporting the school to create infrastructure to enhance robotics in the classroom.

Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Innovation Project, and the Core Values. Last November, our rookie EB Team participated in the challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project) and proving that they could be a great team (Core Values)

We are very proud of our team as they scored 2nd place on the robotic game. The students who were also responsible for choosing and solving a real-world problem to help make cities of the future more sustainable creates a solution for traffic jams on the highways.

They came up with the idea of the High-Speed Gondola. A Gondola that could be added to the side of any freeways to reduce the construction costs and be a very sustainable transportation solution. 

Our team had to present their ideas and answer the questions of a jury. Unfortunately, they were not able to move to the next level of the competition. For a first participation, we are very proud of our Fifth graders and their coaches, Michelle and Yuhong.

Read an article about the newly implemented robotics program at EB, in partnership with Cal's Institute of Transportation Studies.