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Crestview Elementary School creates FIRST LEGO teams

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Crestview Elementary School has created two FIRST LEGO League Teams, Crestview Creators and Crestview LEGO Crew, and a FIRST LEGO League Jr. team, Crestview Creators Junior, thanks to funding support from Andeavor and Travelers Insurance Company.

FIRST LEGO Leagues give students the chance to work together to learn about science, technology, engineering and math while developing communication and problem-solving skills. Students on the teams work together with their coaches to design and build a LEGO robot for competitions. The program is part of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), which is  a national non-profit created to help young people pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

The Crestview Creators team was led by coaches Colleen Redmond and Dan Osher and included 10 students in third, fourth and fifth grade. Students met weekly to build, engineer and program a LEGO robot. They also worked to research a real-world problem with space exploration. The team participated in a competition on December 1 held at Capitol Hill Elementary in St. Paul.

The Crestview Creators Junior team was led by coaches Krystine Muellner and Dawn Blankenship and included five children in kindergarten, first and second grade.

The Crestview LEGO Crew was lead by coach Travis Blasy and included 10 students in third, fourth and fifth grade.

All three teams were supported by Park High School Data Bits Robotics Team members who came weekly to work with and mentor students.