Solana Beach Online Fellows Win Creativity Award in Lego League Tournament
A team of students from the Solana Beach School District called The Winning Ducks won the Creativity Award in a FIRST LEGO League competition on April 18.
The award-winning Winning Ducks include Nathan, Serena, Alex and Siyona, who are third graders at Solana Highlands Elementary School and are currently enrolled in the District’s Online Seekers Program; Faith, a fifth year student at Solana Pacific in Online Scholars; and Arjun, a first year student at Solana Highlands in Online Scholars.
Coached by parent Lili Hsieh, the team have met about 12 times this year to collaborate, design and build their lego structure.
In a normal year, the competition would take place at Legoland but due to the pandemic it took place virtually. In the FIRST LEGO League Explore series, teams of students ages 6-10 focus on the fundamentals of engineering while exploring real-world problems, learning to design and code, and create solutions unique made with LEGO bricks and powered by LEGO Education WeDo 2.0.
Students used their critical thinking, coding and design skills to create a lego play structure that featured elements of accessibility, sustainability, environmental sustainability, and beauty. The students coded parts of the lego structure to include a motorized fan and flag in their play structure. The LEGO building also featured several obstacle courses designed by the children.
As part of the competition, The Winning Ducks presented their LEGO building structure to a panel of judges and answered questions. They learned of their award at a virtual awards ceremony later that day.
It was a fun experience for these online researchers to collaborate in person during this unusual school year.