These hazy, hot, and humid summer days have us thinking about ways to stay cool, which can be hard when we’re eagerly anticipating the release of this year’s water-themed FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. and FIRST® LEGO® League Challenges!

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As for tangible ways to beat the heat, we have some favorites – especially when they involve friends and fun. A lot of teams have been cooling off AND celebrating the start of the new season with activities that tie into our splashy themes – pool parties, water balloon fights, etc.

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Did you know that a favorite summer toy – and a great way to dominate a water fight – was created by a FIRST® Supporter? The inventor of the Super Soaker, Lonnie Johnson, is a FIRST® Robotics Competition Judge, and sponsors several teams!

Check out this story about Lonnie, and his mission to support the next generation of science and technology leaders!

Thanks, Lonnie, for all that you do!