St. John’s University is behind an innovative initiative that
continues to provide the students of the Staten Island campus with
the most current methods of pedagogy and modern programming. The
University is host to the 2011 Lego Robotics Tournament on
Saturday, January 22, at 8:30 a.m., which is expected to attract
more than 200 middle school students from the county’s schools to
participate in Saturday’s tournament.
Sponsored by the St. John’s University School of Education, the
program is a cooperative kinesthetic approach of instruction
designed to interest children and engage them in math, science,
communication arts and technology through a constructivist style of
learning while in a fun and competitive setting. Middle school
students who participate in the program will learn the value of
employment and important life-changing skills. In addition, the
tournament will further St. John’s School of Education students’
understanding of children’s needs, in and out of the classroom.
Faculty and students from the Staten Island campus’ School of
Education will serve as referees, judges and volunteers.
Conducted at a University setting, the event will be an exciting
and fun learning experience for these students. It will also
serve to offer St. John’s students field experience focused on the
teaching and learning of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering,
and Mathematics) in a unique learning environment.
Dr. Jerrold Ross, Academic Vice President of the Staten Island
campus and Dean of the School of Educations concurs. "In terms
of the global economy and the careers being created in the 21st
century, nothing is more important than fascinating students
with science, math, and engineering. This ‘game’ approach
represents the best way of achieving that goal."
Winners of the Staten Island tournament will go on to face
challengers from the other four Boroughs of New York City in March.
Ultimately, one winner is selected to face participants from 52
countries around the world in the International F.I.R.S.T Lego
League World Festival, to be held in St. Louis later this year.
For more information, please contact the School of Education at