Minot, N.D. – SRT announced today that they are supporting Full STEAM Ahead’s First Lego League Jr. program for children ages 6 to 10. This inaugural program in Minot will allow even more children to get involved with Full STEAM Ahead’s robotics programs. The program will kickoff on Tuesday, Sept. 10th at 4:30pm on the 3rd floor atrium of Swain Hall on the Minot State University campus (500 University Ave. West, Minot).
Teams of six will work together for 12 weeks and follow a curriculum based off the 2019-2020 theme called “Boomtown Builders”. Each team will explore the growing needs and challenges of people in the community and try to solve a problem that makes life easier. Through exploratory research, hands-on construction, and use of LEGO elements, each team works toward building a model and creating what’s called a “Show Me” poster for a presentation at the end of the program.
“Currently, there is a First Lego League program in Minot geared towards ages 11 to 16, but nothing for younger children. This new program will allow kids to build an even earlier interest in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Steve Lysne, SRT CEO and General Manager. “As a technology company, we understand the importance of this education track because we see it daily in our business, and we are proud to sponsor this new program for kids in our area.”
“We are helping children develop a passion and an interest in robotics at a young age. When children explore concepts behind programming and building robots, all while working together as a team, they learn so many life skills. We are proud to partner with and be powered by SRT!” said Ali Auch, Full STEAM Ahead Executive Director and Founder.
Each team has a coach, a Minot State University student in the teacher education program. These coaches will oversee the program and help the kids meet their goal of building a motorized model.
SRT Communications located in Minot, North Dakota is the state’s largest telecommunications cooperative. SRT services include Internet, Security, TV, Phone and Business Services and has served north central North Dakota since 1951, employs nearly 200 people, and serves over 40,000 customers.
Full STEAM Ahead is a nonprofit organization in Minot, ND that was formed in 2017. Full STEAM Ahead is an umbrella organization that helped meld youth arts with science, technology, engineering and math.