“Let’s Geaux to the Moon”
December, 2018 — The Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System and QDS Systems are pleased to sponsor the FIRST® LEGO® League Jr Expo “Let’s Geaux to the Moon” for participating East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s elementary robotics students.
Each year, FIRST LEGO League Junior presents a new and exciting challenge to ignite the creativity of children age 6 to 10. During this year’s three-month Mission Moon challenge, 18 teams of EBRPSS fourth grade students learned about the moon and explored what kinds of problems they would need to solve in order to live there. Exploration of the theme was done with an exclusive LEGO® Education kit. Using this model as a starting point, teams designed a new model of their own – learning basic engineering and programming skills and applying those concepts to make their model move. During the Expo, each team will demonstrate their robotic model solution and share their learning experience via a “Show Me Poster.” Throughout their experience, teams operate under the FIRST® Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.
“FIRST LEGO League challenges, such as this year’s Mission Moon, inspires kids to think like scientists and engineers. Beyond basic knowledge, students learn to take initiative and responsibility, solve problems, and communicate ideas – all skills needed in today’s workplace. In addition, students interact with adults, businesses and organizations, and their community, all of which contribute to interest in STEM careers.
In addition to networking with their peers, students will learn about the multitude of career options related to the aerospace industry from Breanna Fortenberry, a representative from NASA’s Office for STEM Engagement (Stennis Space Center), and interact with numerous volunteers throughout the STEM community representing such companies such as Sparkhound, QDS Systems, and LSU.
About the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System
The Foundation for EBRSS is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to preparing students for successful post-secondary education, careers and citizenship. The Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System is a public charity and grant-making organization that provides vital financial support for public schools within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. To learn more, visit www.foundationebr.org
About QDS Systems
QDS Systems is an Engineering Firm & Systems Integrator with a Collaborative Robotic product line featuring an overall systems engineering/design capability, turnkey robotic cell capability, and long-term service support. With more than 25 years in process control and drive system integration, QDS Systems is a one-stop-shop for control system design, engineering, and implementation of automation and engineering drive solutions. Recognized as a CSIA Certified Integrator in Louisiana since 2003, QDS demonstrates a long-term commitment to quality and longevity in the industry.
About Gen Ready
Gen Ready is a regional collaborative that cultivates and supports work to improve access to high-quality STEM learning for all learners. Initiated through the Foundation for East Baton Rouge School System’s grant from ExxonMobil in 2017, Gen Ready empowers communities to bring together cross-sector partners and create systemic change to ensure more students- particularly underserved and underrepresented students- develop the STEM knowledge and skills they need to learn and thrive in today’s world.
To learn more, visit www.genreadyla.org