Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County participate in Lego League Junior Expo

A project created by children who attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County is seen Thursday, May 24, 2018, for the Lego League Junior Expo. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

The First Lego League Junior Expo was held Thursday at the E.L. Jack and Monica Armstrong Youth Center.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County was selected to participate in Sea Research Foundation’s 2018 STEM Mentoring Program.

Since January, students have been putting their creativity and scientific knowledge to the test with the help of a mentor. The overall goal of STEM mentoring is to positively impact the social development and academic achievement of at-risk and high-risk youth ages 6–10.

The students designed and built motorized and computer-programmed Lego models, explaining different methods of getting water.

They came up with helicopters, model wells and functional toy aqueducts.

STEM mentoring also encourages them to reduce high-risk behaviors, improve academic success indicators, and increase their knowledge of and interest in STEM topics and careers.

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