Norwich University Office of Communications
November 16, 2015
Sporting names like The Snazzy, Snazzy Goldfish and distinctive team t-shirts (not to mention foam cheese-heads, lab coats, and other goofy accoutrements) middle schoolers across Vermont gathered at Norwich University to compete in the first-ever Vermont First LEGO League State Championship. (See related story.)
Founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, First LEGO League uses robotics as a hook to teach students the values of independent investigation, problem solving, teamwork, and community service, all while having fun.
The event marked the first state-wide championship event for Vermont. David Feinauer PhD, of Norwich University’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, says First LEGO League events like the recent one at Norwich help fill a critical gap in STEM education opportunities for middle school students.