EDITORS NOTE: The website was incorrectly stated in the video. The place to volunteer or mentor with the First Lego League should be http://robotics.gstechcouncil.org/
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) Teacher Jerrin Martus volunteers her time after school helping students learn valuable decision making and problem solving skills as they work on the engineering and robotics projects involved in First Lego League
“As a teacher it gives me chills,” Martus said of seeing a child’s eyes light up when they learn something new.
It’s a very grown up hobby at just 12 years old. James and his classmates work together in teams programming and testing their robots in preparation for their first competition in December.
The program is a big part of the Grand Strand Technology Council’s focus. They hope this environment fosters a new generation with the skills to work in the growing and global technology world.
Success isn’t always the result, there are times when it’s back to the drawing board trying to figure out what went wrong.
“When it goes right its phenomenal because you get to cheer on with your teammates,” 12 year old James Jarrett added.
Volunteers and mentors are a big part of the program’s success. The Grand Strand Technology Council is in need of help for this popular program. You can visit http://robotics.gstechcouncil.org/ to learn more on where your skills can be of assistance.
Coastal Carolina University Assistant Professor of Physics Louis Rubbo is one of those people helping shape these young minds. His son is in the robotics program and he says he’s watched first hand as skills of problem solving and communication blossom.
“This is really where they start to learn the basics of engineering, how do you build a good robot and make it sound then they will apply it at that next level,” Rubbo said.
The next level can be seen in the much more complex and intricate designs of the high school level. The Legos they are working with now become literal building blocks towards bigger and tougher projects.
For now these students will learn those basic first steps. A true team enjoying an learning atmosphere through a childhood toy.
She’s been involved in the First Lego League for five years.
“It’s fun to work with a team and learn new things,” Habib said.