Recently the NH LEGO League was invited to present information to the Queen City Rotary in Manchester, NH. The focus was to discuss the power of LEGO bricks as a tool to help educate New Hampshire's students. During the presentation we caught the interest of an aide from the office of Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. "It was an honor to be invited to speak with Mayor Gatsas. Manchester has been pioneering a robotics education program that is amazing." stated Dan Hughes Founder of the NH LEGO League.
In speaking with Mayor Gatsas we learned about his passion for Jr. STEAM Ahead and bringing robotics to every fourth grade class in Manchester. It became obvious during the meeting
that the Mayors view closely mirrored that of what we have been building at the NH LEGO League since 2009.
It is exciting to see school districts start to understand the value of Robotic Education. The integration of math and science skills to a practical application such as robotics is remarkable. The problem solving skills that are developed and the ability to find an answer not given are critical keys to educational growth today.
There are some great organizations involved in this program including FIRST, and the Manchester School District. The number of volunteer hours being donated by local companies like Silvertech and more are truly inspiring. We look forward to working with Jr. STEAM Ahead on this project and maybe someday seeing this as a statewide program for every student in NH.
The NH LEGO League has been working with children who have a passion for LEGO brick building since 2009. Everyday we hold LEGO building and robotics activities around the state for our members and partner schools with a focus on building, learning, and having fun. Over a thousand kids from Goffstown, Manchester, Derry, Weare, Hooksett, New Boston, Milton, Somersworth, Portsmouth, Dover and more have participated in programs this year.