Downtown Brooklyn has been known for many things throughout the years. The amount of writers, artists, businesspersons, inventors, and industrious doers who have originated or created inside the borough is staggering. So in a way it’s only fitting that the FIRST Lego League Kickoff Event was held in downtown Brooklyn.
While some may consider the Lego League to be another one of those pointless ‘challenges’ this could not be further from the truth. As reported back fromNY1 (1), the FIRST Lego League features “children from across the city” and is presented “as part of Time Warner Cable’s ‘Connect a Million Minds’ program.”
FIRST Lego League is part of a concerted “effort to encourage and support after-school program to boost learning in science and math.” Teams from the FIRST Lego League combine their knowledge of “research, robotics, and Legos,” to compete in team tests of knowledge. The basis for the FIRST Lego League comes from “coaches and graduate student mentors (who looked) to find innovative ways to overcome injuries, illness and disabilities.” Apparently the movement of these Legos scores points; the movements the teams are doing are “all based on real-life things like broken bones, attaching a cast, (and) opening up a bloodstream.”
The competition component of the FIRST Lego League has teams score points “in the hope of earning the top spot in the finals at the Javits Center next year.”