Experiences of the FIRST LEGO League in China and Australia

Chandra, Vinesh & Zhang, Eugene (2010) Experiences of the FIRST LEGO League in China and Australia. In Envisioning the Future : The Role of Curriculum Materials and Learning Environments in Educational Reform, The 6th SMTE Organizing Committee, Parkview Hotel, Hualien, Taiwan, pp. 41-48.

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FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was initiated in the U.S. by accomplished inventor Dean Kamen in 1989. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is one of the five competitions conducted by this organization. Dean’s vision was “to create a world where science and technology are celebrated……where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes”. Each year FLL creates opportunities for young people aged 9-16 to engage in problem solving, teamwork and collaborative learning around a real-world theme. In the 2009/2010 season, more than 145,000 young people in over 50 countries participated in this competition. As they tackle the challenges; they construct and de-construct their own knowledge through hands-on engagement in a constructivist learning environment. The challenges are presented at least eight weeks before the competition. In most events the participants are judged in four categories - robot game, robot design, team project and team challenge. “Gracious professionalism” is an essential element of the competition. This paper compares and contrasts the FLL in China and Australia and presents some of the achievements of the event. It also highlights some of the models which have been adopted in the two countries to facilitate participation. The educational benefits of embedding the FLL will also be discussed.

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ID Code: 39745
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: robotics, FLL, constructivism, FIRST LEGO League, Dewy, Vygotsky, Piaget, Bruner, Gardner
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900) > Education not elsewhere classified (139999)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 The 6th SMTE Organizing Committee
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2011 21:52
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:11

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