On Saturday, January 22, The School of Education hosted the
F.I.R.S.T. Lego League Staten Island Borough Qualifying Tournament.
24 teams representing 14 different Middle Schools and Community
Based Organizations competed to select representatives to compete
in the Five Borough competition to be held in the Jacob Javits
Center in March.
With over 275 children and their parents in attendance and
Staten Island campus faculty and students serving among the many
referees, judges and volunteers the event proved to be an
extraordinary learning experience for all involved.
Lego blocks, those colorful snap-together pieces that have
delighted children for ages, were used to challenge teams of
youngsters who created working robots with tasks to accomplish on a
large board among variety of obstacles.
According to Dr. Regina Mistretta of The School of
Education,"the tournament demonstrated itself as an energizing
learning environment that offered all of its participants multiple
opportunities to recognize the connections among mathematics,
science and robotics as well as the benefits of collaborative
Participating St. John's University School of Education students
as well as members of the Education Club, the Education Honor
Society--Kappa Delta Pi—and Greek Organizations—CTO, IAE and DEB
enjoyed a field experience that focused around teaching and
learning of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
in interesting and novel way for engaging youngsters.
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Donny Swanson, an adjunct faculty member in The School of
Education coordinated this full-day event on the Staten Island
campus. No stranger to robotics, Donny coached the 2007 Paulo
Intermediate School robotics team to the F.I.R.S.T. Lego League
World Festival which involved 105 representing 52 countries.
The Championship award went to the Staten Island Transformers
from St. Clare's School. Other competitors receiving recognition
included two parent run teams, Dutchman and Microbots, as well as
representatives from Dreyfus Intermediate School, Paulo
Intermediate School, St. John's Lutheran School, Eltingville
Lutheran School, Intermediate School 74, and the Park Wizards, and
entry from NYC Parks and Recreation. Four teams from St. Clare's
School and two teams from Public School 57 also competed in a
separate Junior First Lego League Competition for 2nd to 5th
graders that was held in the St. John's Cafeteria.
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