Pretty River Academy's robotic team participates in the First Lego League (FLL) program. FLL is an international organization that promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The program has been designed for students aged 9 to 14. It is a fun, hands-on program that allows students to use their creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills as they work as a team to design, build, and test a robot using Lego Mindstorms. Each year they are presented with a new theme and relevant world problem to investigate. Every year our teams compete in a regional competition. For the last two years, we have had a team move on to the next level and have competed in provincials held at the University of Waterloo. Last year the team won the coveted Gracious Professionalism award at the provincial level. The FLL team runs as an after school club in the fall.
With the success of FLL, our primary students have become involved in the JR. FLL, a program designed for the younger aged students aged 5-9, which allows the students to explore the same concepts at an introductory level. This program is currently being incorporated into the primary curriculum during class time. They build working models using lego and lego motors to demonstrate a concept they have discovered.They have a showcase at the end of the unit to display and explain their ideas. Once again, the idea is to be creative, work as a team, develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills all while having fun.