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August 21, 2014, 2:15 am

Philly students compete in FIRST LEGO event

As a partnership between the School District of Philadelphia’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Division and the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, nine teams from District schools competed in robot performance, presentation and design on Jan. 28 at Penn’s Irvine Auditorium for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO© League Championships.

The competition is meant to promote greater exposure to STEM; a District program that supports innovative learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Students represented the following District schools: Rhoads Elementary School, Heston Academics Plus School, Roberto Clemente Promise Academy, Feltonville Arts and Sciences, Juniata Park Academy, Andrew Hamilton School, Lowell Elementary School, Baldi Middle School and Ethel Allen School. Along with these schools, more than 15,000 teams from around the world attended.