Farmington STEAM Academy to host Dec. 9 LEGO Fest

Press release

Farmington STEAM Academy (FSA) will host this year’s Farmington LEGO Fest Expo on Saturday, Dec. 9.

Farmington LEGO Fest Expo is a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Jr. event for teams in and around Farmington Public Schools (FPS).

Forty local teams consisting of early elementary school students will gather at this year’s Expo to showcase their hard work. Students will have the opportunity to present their team projects during one of two sessions: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., at the Farmington STEAM Academy, located at 32800 W. Twelve Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.

The event will include a science fair-style exhibition, hands-on robotic workshops, robot demonstrations from Farmington Public Schools’ FIRST teams, and will conclude with an awards ceremony.

All teams must be pre-registered to participate in the event. This year, teams from the following Farmington Public Schools will participate: Farmington STEAM Academy, Forest Elementary School, Kenbrook Elementary School, Hillside Elementary School, and Longacre Elementary School. Additionally, teams from the metro Detroit area have been invited to participate.

The public is encouraged to come and learn more about FIRST LEGO League Jr. There is no admission fee for spectators.

The FLL theme this year is “Aqua Adventure.” Each team was challenged to explore how they use water in their daily lives. Teams were also invited to research a way to improve the human water cycle. Students used their research to design a LEGO model that exhibited these challenges while incorporating simple machines and beginning robotics.

Additionally, they created a poster that highlighted their research and experiences while incorporating the FIRST Core Values. The FIRST Core Values help build excellent communication and team-building skills. Each team that participates in the event has the opportunity to share what they have learned with friends and family, have fun while engaging in STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)f activities, and visit with fellow FIRST teams (FIRST LEGO League Jr. and FIRST Robotics Challenge) from other schools in the area.

The Robot Garage of Birmingham, a fervent supporter of FIRST in Michigan, will lead the FLL Jr. teams through a robotics workshop. The FPS Hackbots (FPS Unified High School FIRST Robotics Team) will help students as well.

This year’s event is a partnership of Farmington STEAM Academy Robotics and the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation, with funding made possible by the Bosch Community Fund.

FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr), geared towards students in kindergarten through third grade, is a partnership between the LEGO Group and FIRST, which is committed to igniting creativity and the imagination of young children. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology.” To learn more about FIRST Robotics (elementary school through high school), please visit http://www.firstinmichigan.org/

For more information about the Farmington LEGO Fest Expo, please contact Karen Kmieciak at fsarobots@gmail.com. To learn more about Farmington Public Schools, visit farmington.k12.mi.us.