LEGO 2003 Kickoff

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003
This year, I will again coach a team of seven home educated girls, and this week we kick off the season for the U.S. First Jr. Robotics LEGO Competition. Last year, the girls won the Judges Award at the competition, held in LEGOland, California. This year, we again will endeavor to do our best. The theme is "Mission to Mars" to coincide with NASA's missions to Mars.  It will be a great deal of work, a lot of fun, and a good education -- for all of us.
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Amy & Wendy put the finishing touches on their robot.

September highlights

Tuesday, September 30th, 2003
Wendy and Amy started off the month by turning 11.  They had some friends over, and Kathy took them to the theater to see "Spy Kids 3-D", and then brought them home for a slumber party.  The girls also finished their Awana books, as well as a difficult extra credit section, where they had to recite all of the verses in their book in one sitting.  They became highly motivated and decided to try and finish another book by the end of October to earn the Awana Timothy Award. Emily, Amy and Wendy began piano lessons, and love playing.  We hope finances allow these lessons to continue.  Back in February, Amy and Wendy built their version of the Legoland Amusement Park out of legos.  They decided they wanted to enter their display in the Kern County Fair.  Well, they did, and won a blue ribbon for their efforts!  Our church choirs and JAM Bible clubs resumed this month.  Kathy is assisting in the 1st grade choir and teaching the 4 year old JAM class.  In August, Kathy was given the go-ahead to design the curriculum for the four year old class.  She loves writing curriculum, and this was a dream come true for her, as she has always wanted to do more with writing church activities for children.  Our Lego Robotic Team once again started meeting.