Introducing the Kenbrook Koalabotz!


Oakland County Water Commissioner Jim Nash visited the Kenbrook Media Center Thursday afternoon to talk to the Kenbrook Koalabotz about the human water cycle. The Kenbrook Koalabotz are made up of Kenbrook Elementary School’s FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. Teams. The teams were created this year by a dedicated group of Kenbrook Elementary STEAM Club parents, with the financial support of the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation and the Kenbrook PTA.

The FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Jr. are exciting programs that teach team members to apply science, engineering, and math concepts (plus a big dose of imagination!), to develop solutions to real-world challenges. FIRST LEGO League Jr. Teams design, build, and program models using Lego WeDo 2.0 sets, and FIRST LEGO League teams design, build, and program Lego Mindstorms robots to perform autonomous “missions” on a playing field. Along the way, members develop critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills.

This year, the challenge themes are “Aqua Adventures” and “Hydrodynamics.” Each team is invited to research and explore elements of the human water cycle.  Students are asked to explore how they get the water they use in their daily lives – whether it’s the water they use to brush their teeth, quench their thirst, cook food, or even take a swim!  With the help of Commissioner Nash, the Kenbrook Koalabotz explored where our local water comes from, how the Oakland County Water Commission makes sure that our water is safe to drink, and what happens when our water and storm water goes down a drain.

To learn more about the Kenbrook Koalabotz and the Kenbrook STEAM Club, please contact Danielle Ohm at danielle.ohm@gmail.com.  To learn more about FIRST programs, please visit: www.firstinmichigan.org

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