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This opportunity is available through Greenville Middle School. Students in 5th through 8th grade are eligible to participate in this program. Students are transported by bus to Greenville Middle School for individual lessons and band practice.
St. Mary students are elected by the 5th through 7th grade student body for the positions of president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and coordinator in late spring for the following school year. These students serve the student body as representatives. They meet before school at least once a month as they plan fundraising and after school events. As student representatives, they lead the way in bringing ideas and changes within St. Mary School. They serve as positive role models for the other students.
The St. Mary Lego League Team consists of about ten students. Their challenge is to solve scientific real-world problems as they work together during an eight to ten week season beginning in September and concluding in November. A new problem is given to all participating teams each year.
The teams are judged and awarded points in three major areas at a regional competition at the end of the season.
The Robot Competition: The students enjoy building and programming a Lego NXT robot using Lego pieces to solve the various "missions" on the challenge board. Their goal is to finish as many “missions” as they can in the two minute and thirty second time limit.
The Presentation/Project: This is a five minute presentation, using whatever format the team decides (skit, powerpoint, slide show etc...). It is followed by a Q&A session in front of a group of judges. Together the Lego League Team explains their innovative idea/solution to the current problem given as they collaboratively answer questions asked by the judges.
Core Values: This area stresses teamwork, good sportsmanship and fun.
The teams with the highest scores in the regional event advance to state. The top state teams compete at the national level and from there have the potential to compete in the world festival.
The St. Mary Lego League Team is currently one of over 19,000 teams from more than 55 countries competing for the world title.