Engineering And Robotics Learned Young (EARLY) is a program that exposes our youth to engineering. EARLY provides 7 to 12 year olds the opportunity to participate in a robotics competition every fall and spring.
The competition robots are built from LEGO® Simple & Motorized Mechanisms Kits which have a comprehensive curriculum available for easy implementation into the classroom. The combination of curriculum and competition allows teachers to have all their students complete some of the Simple & Motorized Mechanisms activities, which are approximately 45 minutes each, and then invite those students that are interested to participate on the EARLY team.
EARLY team members have a bright future with the opportunity to participate, throughout their education careers, in various robotics competitions such as FIRST LEGO® League, Botball, BEST, VEX, MATE, and the FIRST Robotics Competition. For those students that choose not to participate on the EARLY team, they will still have been introduced to hands-on engineering and gained an appreciation for the challenges and goals that the EARLY team will face.