Mentors, sponsors needed for new FIRST Lego League Junior STEAM Ahead program

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Can you invest some time or resources in Manchester's new FIRST Junior STEAM Ahead program?
Can you invest some time or resources in Manchester’s new FIRST  LEGO League Junior STEAM Ahead program?

MANCHESTER, NH – Junior STEAM Ahead is almost ready to launch.  Fourth graders in three schools are bringing the popular FIRST LEGO League program into the classroom. The LEGO starter kits have been delivered. The project tables are being constructed by Manchester School of Technology students in anticipation of a January launch.

FIRST LEGO League will provide an innovative opportunity for the city’s elementary schools to expose students to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts at an early age. The students not only practice the skills related to academics, but they work together as a team, learn the importance of communication, and start to understand the process of thinking and creativity to find solutions to common problems.

Engaging students in technology is the goal of FIRST Junior STEAM Ahead program.
Engaging students in technology is the goal of FIRST Lego League Junior STEAM Ahead program.

More schools will be added to the program starting next year, so that by the 2016-17 school year, every Manchester elementary school will be participating in Junior STEAM Ahead.

Before that happens, fourth graders in all 14 elementary schools will visit SEE Science Center for a hands-on, interactive experience that will inspire every child to learn more.

Because of this program, there are new opportunities for the community to get involved, including mentors and volunteers to help fourth graders with their FIRST LEGO League projects, and sponsorships, either corporate or individual.

To learn more about the program and how to be part of enhancing education in Manchester, please contact Kristi Scarpone at FIRST: kscarpone@usfirst.org. To learn more about FIRST LEGO League, visit www.usfirst.org/fll.

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