Thanks to new funding, the Lake Effects Robotics program will introduce the FIRST LEGO League to elementary students thanks in part to a Community Foundation for Kingston & Area grant of almost $15,000.

Community Foundation supports new robotics mentorship program at Limestone schools.

The objective of project S.T.O.R.M. (Science and Technology Opportunities in Robotics Mentoring) is to create robotics teams with select Grade 7-8 classes at schools in the Limestone District School Board. Each week students will receive a lesson based around building their skills and knowledge to be able to successfully design, build, and program to solve various challenges using VEX IQ and Lego Mechanics systems. Although the project was delayed due to COVID-19 school closures, the aim is to have a group from each school competing at the annual Limestone Skills Competition.

This mentorship program incorporates elements of the arts, literacy, numeracy, and technology. Students will develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic applications in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and even presentation skills. Teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc. and then are challenged to develop a solution.

This fall, Lake Effect Robotics will establish school teams at Molly Brant Elementary School, J.G. Simcoe Public School, and Module Vanier, along with their ongoing mentorship program with students attending Calvin Park Public School.

Team 2708 Lake Effect Robotics is a member of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an international organization founded to inspire young people to pursue a field in engineering. The Foundation is extremely proud of the accomplishments of these dedicated students and community members, many of whom were once students of this team.