Welcome to the World of the Future!
The ORD is proud to offer three levels of STEM activities via the following Lego League and Wave Robotics programs:
For students grades K-4, Jr. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League captures young children’s curiosity and directs it toward discovering the wonders of science and technology. This program features a real-world scientific concept to be explored through research, teamwork, construction, and imagination. Guided by adult coaches, teams use LEGO bricks to build a model that moves and develop a Show Me Poster to illustrate their journey which will be showcased at the FIRST Lego League tournament in Oshkosh.
FIRST Lego League Challenge: Grades 4-8
For students grades 4-8, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League is a powerful program that helps young students discover the fun in science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge, and valuable employment and life skills. This program introduces students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a dynamic playing surface.
Wave Robotics (FIRST Robotics): Grades 9-12
For students grades 9-12, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics is known as “the varsity sport for the mind.” FIRST combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand”, perform community service, hone teamwork skills, and create a robot to perform tasks against a field of competitors. FIRST is as close to real-world business applications as a student can get. Students are led by volunteer professional mentors who lend their time and talents to guide students into STEM careers.