By Taylor R. Jones
On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, West Manor Elementary School’s 3rd grade class took home first place at the WeDo Storytelling Competition hosted by the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing. Not only are students tasked with creating an innovative story using LEGO WeDo programmable robots as characters; but also have the challenge of presenting their story to Georgia Tech staff and partner, Career Builders.
For this competition, students are responsible for creativity, entertainment value, the number of WeDo characters used, the integration of WeDo characters and Programming in their story, relevance of props and scenery, and how WeDo characters interact with non WeDo characters. What a challenge!
With 48 Atlanta Public School students from six schools, this competition quickly turned into a moment of victory for the 3rd graders at West Manor Elementary as they placed 1st throughout the entire competition. The students whose creativity and teamwork garnered much respect from their competitors include: