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2019 – 2020 FIRST LEGO League Championship Standings

2020-02-06T12:33:36-06:00

February 1, 2020 (Sioux Falls, SD) - Thirty-one teams descended on the Augustana University Elmen center to pit their robots and presentation skills against one another in a fury of fun, craziness, and Coopertition®.  It was the 2019 - 2020 CITY SHAPER® FIRST® LEGO® League Championship for South Dakota, and the competition was fantastic! Each of these teams competed at a Qualifier earlier in the season.  They scored well enough in the Core Values, Innovation Project, and Robot Design judging and the Robot Game to earn a place in the Championship.  FIRST LEGO League aims to build student interest in STEM [...]

2019 – 2020 FIRST LEGO League Championship Standings2020-02-06T12:33:36-06:00

The History of FIRST LEGO League in South Dakota

2020-01-16T11:31:14-06:00

In 2008, Dr. Alan Swanson brought FIRST LEGO League to South Dakota, gathering a group of interested educators and science lovers to be coaches for what he thought would be 4 – 5 teams. A graduate of MIT, Dr. Swanson worked for many years at BAE Systems in New Hampshire – the birthplace of FIRST and FIRST LEGO League. He recognized the need for a program in South Dakota that emphasizes the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). After the group saw a competition in Minneapolis, MN, and the excitement and fervor of the teams. FIRST LEGO League took [...]

The History of FIRST LEGO League in South Dakota2020-01-16T11:31:14-06:00

EmBe Vehicle Fund Drive

2020-01-21T11:59:22-06:00

Sioux Falls (January 13, 2020) -- Friday, December 13th held true to its reputation for EmBe, when two vans and a bus were disabled in the parking lot at EmBe South, just off of 69th and Louise in Sioux Falls. EmBe uses the vehicles to safely carry children on field trips, to transport them to EmBe for care, and to support programs like FIRST LEGO League, Girls on the Run, and swimming. That day, these vehicles were taken out of service through thefts of the catalytic converters. The vans were repairable, but the bus was not, creating a needless expense. The [...]

EmBe Vehicle Fund Drive2020-01-21T11:59:22-06:00

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete in the Rapid City Qualifiers

2019-12-12T10:54:25-06:00

Rapid City, SD (December 9, 2019) – Last Saturday, 20 teams met at East Middle School in Rapid City to share their research to compete with their robots and have fun! This was the second Qualifier for the 2019-2020 CITY SHAPER challenge. This tournament was hosted by South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, The Rapid City Public Schools and EmBe. Taking home awards Champions- Team #41881 Ranger Robotics Robot Design and Robot Game Performance- Team # 21902 Everything Is Awesome Core Values – Team #29225 Tiger Tech Project – Team #48831 LEGO Jedi Judges’ Choice – Team #28724 Central SD [...]

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete in the Rapid City Qualifiers2019-12-12T10:54:25-06:00

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete in the Qualifier

2019-12-11T15:27:18-06:00

Sioux Falls, SD (November 25, 2019) - Last Saturday, November 23 EmBe and POET hosted the first FIRST® LEGO® League Qualifier of the 2019-2020 Season. This season's challenge is CITY SHAPER, focusing on the challenges humans face as we build and maintain cities in the future. Eighteen teams met to share their research, compete with their robots and of course have fun! Congratulations to every team that competed, we are proud of all the things that you accomplished this season! Taking home awards: Judges' Award - Team #9505 Thumbs Up for Fun Project Award - Team #39009 Northstar Navigators Robot [...]

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete in the Qualifier2019-12-11T15:27:18-06:00

Kori Meredith named EmBe Volunteer of the Year

2019-11-07T10:46:38-06:00

Impact. Dedication. Heart for service. These words describe Kori Meredith, EmBe’s 2018 Distinguished Volunteer of the Year. Kori, a third grade teacher at Spearfish Creekside Elementary, has organized Girls on the Run at her school since 2016.  Girls on the Run provides 3rd-5th grade girls with opportunities to learn about being their most joyful, healthy and best selves. None of it would be possible without Kori’s work to bring the programming to her community and sustain its impact. Thanks to Kori’s vision, nearly 200 girls have gained important life skills in teamwork, conflict resolution, and cooperation. They have been guided [...]

Kori Meredith named EmBe Volunteer of the Year2019-11-07T10:46:38-06:00

EmBe Opens Doors to Girls and STEAM

2019-09-26T14:50:46-05:00

EmBe is hosting Girls Maker Day Saturday, September 28, for a free, hands-on experience with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math.) “We know that children love exploring and figuring out how the world works,” said Stacy Stahl, Executive Director of Youth Programs at EmBe. “But we see the number of children – especially girls – who are interested in science start to drop as early as second grade. We are bringing together a wonderful collection of organizations to help counter that trend and help kids stay in love with science.” The fair features booths that use creative and innovation [...]

EmBe Opens Doors to Girls and STEAM2019-09-26T14:50:46-05:00

Let Me Run, A Volunteer Story

2019-07-10T15:20:34-05:00

THE IMPACT OF VOLUNTEERING EmBe, which was the YWCA when I first came across the work of the organization, was a valuable tool in helping out my family. I am a mom of two teenage boys and at one point in my life, I was a mom of two elementary aged boys. We utilized a lot of programming offered at the facility, not just as parents of children, but also for our own personal uses (Tribute to Women, In Her Shoes, Women Leadership program) and it always has had a strong presence within the community. We were attending All City Elementary, [...]

Let Me Run, A Volunteer Story2019-07-10T15:20:34-05:00

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete Internationally

2019-06-04T09:31:07-05:00

The Fantastic Five at the World Festival The Fantastic Five traveled to the FIRST® Championship and World Festival in Detroit.  Arriving on April 24th, the teams witnessed the latest science and technology on display. "The Innovation Fair was cool. We got to hold a de-cellularized human heart, learn about deep brain stimulation, and have a conversation with a robot that could read team t-shirts." One of their favorite parts of the weekend was interacting with other teams. "The team from Denmark was so friendly and nice. They showed and explained all of their code to us and invited us to [...]

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete Internationally2019-06-04T09:31:07-05:00

EmBe adds FIRST® LEGO® League Junior!

2019-05-06T08:35:20-05:00

Do you have an imaginative LEGO-fanatic? Is there an elementary school student at your house who needs to practice teamwork skills? Know any kids who aren't interested in sports? Do you have a kid who just needs a place to belong? EmBe is bringing FIRST® LEGO® League Junior to South Dakota! Designed to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principals to participants aged 6-10, FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL-Jr) is a fun, non-competitive, team-based activity.  Working as a part of a team, participants will build motorized LEGO models.  They will also research a science or engineering theme, and make [...]

EmBe adds FIRST® LEGO® League Junior!2019-05-06T08:35:20-05:00

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