Junior Lego league to begin soon

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The creation of a Custer Wildcats Junior Lego League has been announced, with registration for the league Aug. 25 at the Custer County Library. The league will meet every Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the library.

The Lego league is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based program, which will bring a cohesive learning model based on real-world applications to the community. Each year offers a new challenge for teams to explore a real-world scientific concept, then build a motorized model and develop a “show me” poster to illustrate their journey of discovery through exploratory research, hands-on communication, teamwork, imagination and fund with Lego elements.

Head coach is Nicole Anderson and Ayla Scragg is assistant coach. Goals for the league are for up to 18 students in grades six through 10 (and grades kindergarten through fourth in the junior Lego league) with six coaches, four mentors and other volunteers.

Cost to join the team is $50 to help cover the expense of purchasing starter kits, a team T-shirt and any other costs. Sponsors are being pursued to help with the costs. Children will not be turned away for lack of money.

Applications for volunteers are also being accepted. Each team of six must have two coaches.

The goal of the league is to bring a love of science, technology and engineering to area children. Lego league team impacts on youth participants include improved problem-solving skills, increased time management skills, increased resolution skills, strengthened communication skills and more interest in doing well in school.

For more information or to volunteer contact custerjrfll@gmail.com or call 517-6109.

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