Moon Savers did great at the World Championship


Members are (L to R) Mia Macke, Jenna Dunlap, Autumn Klahn, Kennedy Melchiori, Archer Kelly, and Beau Bigwood:

Report provided by teacher Sheryl Kennedy –

The Moon Savers, Camanche Elementary School’s third grade Jr. Lego League team, did a fantastic job at the World Championship.  Only 60 of more than 20,000 Jr. Lego League teams were invited to compete at this event in Detroit, Michigan.  The judges evaluated the teams in 8 categories.  The Moon Savers earned an outstanding rating in each of the 8 categories. They were awarded the Discover and Show trophy because of their research and how they showed what they learned.  Members of the Moon Savers are Beau Bigwood, Jenna Dunlap, Archer Kelly, Autumn Klahn, Mia Macke, and Kennedy Melchiori. They are coached by Sheryl Kennedy.

The Moon Savers greatly appreciated the financial support from John Deere, Camanche National Bank, Citizens First Bank, and the PTA.

We met young people from around the world.  We learned a game from some boys from South Korea.  We received a class gift from the team from Costa Rica.  We received buttons from  many, many teams.  Now the buttons we handed out are in such places as Romania and Taiwan.

The Lego League Jr. program introduces students to engineering and science concepts.  The participants have to research a real-life challenge.  They learn basic coding skills and follow the engineering design principles.  In addition to the research and coding components, the students also develop presentation skills.  There are approximately 126,000 children from 55 countries who participated in the 2018-2019 Lego League Jr. season.

Lego League Jr. is part of FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  FIRST is the world’s leading nonprofit advancing science, technology, engineering  and  math participation by children. There are 4 age groups in FIRST.  The Lego League Jr. participants are in the youngest.   In the 2018 World Expos, there were more than 30,000 students from 74 countries participating on the nearly 700 invited teams.  The number of participants for the 2019  World Expos are expected to be similar.

Other photos from the event

After presenting their project to the judges, the Moon Savers are all smiles. Jenna Dunlap is bringing the model back to the team’s booth. (Click on image to enlarge)

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Dave has been News Director since 1983 and has been Station General Manager since 1999. Dave has also served on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Broadcast News Association and the Iowa Broadcast Association and has served on the Iowa Freedom of Information Council.
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