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Whitefield Lego Team Helps With New KC Airport
This global competition is put on by FIRST LEGO League where students are challenged and engaged in hands-on STEM experiences. The foundation of the program is based on FIRST Core Values, which emphasizes teamwork, discovery, and innovation. The program is built around theme-based real-world challenges to engage children in research, problem-solving, coding and engineering. The competitions last all day with the morning portion consisting of three judging areas (research, core values, and robotic mechanics, design and performance) and the afternoon portion consisting of running the robots on programmed missions.
The Whitefield Lions took the top award in Research at one of the city’s qualifying events, having started their research in August of 2019. The idea they came up with was a Smart People Mover (SPM) for the new Kansas City airport. Unlike any other people mover, this has multiple sized cars on separate tracks and picks travellers up in the parking lot and shoots them straight to their airline check-in (handicap accessible too). Five months later, in December 2019, the Deputy Director of Aviation requested that a feasibility study be prepared for an automated people mover at the Kansas City airport, just what our kids had been working on! (Kansas City Star – Dec 27, 2019)
The Whitefield Lions then invited the Sr. Development Manager from Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate (developer for the new KC airport) to our meeting. The students shared their research Idea with him so he could share with those working on the feasibility study. They also asked several questions to help further develop their idea. Then he connected us with the Deputy of Aviation who attended our next meeting and invited the team to present at a local Kansas City, Missouri City Council meeting!