Inspiring Young Scientists & Engineers

Watch highlights from our 4th Annual FIRST LEGO League Robotics Scrimmage, and learn about the impact these events have on young scientists and engineers.

Inspiring Young Scientists & Engineers

For the past four years the Academy's Education team has put together a variety of events that give young people a chance to share their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) work. Bringing together students, family members, afterschool mentors, teachers, and STEM professionals, these events provide a unique platform for students to demonstrate their growing expertise, meet one another, and interact with professionals, while also having a lot of fun.

At Robotics Scrimmages, the Academy hosts teams from across the five boroughs of New York City who are part of the FIRST® LEGO® League. Teams come together for fierce but fun competition, pitting their robots against one another in challenges that sometimes mirror real-life challenges. This year's theme, "Nature's Fury," focused on cleaning up and mitigating the effects of natural disasters.

Another exciting aspect of the FIRST® LEGO® League competition is the research and engineering component, which asks students to come up with practical solutions to problems they might encounter. In 2012, the Bronx Task Force, a team from Good Shepherd Services' 45 Beacon School and one of the groups that participated in the Academy's scrimmage event that year, along with their nutrient-delivering coffee filters, ended up placing as here.