The 'Untitled-1' team from Bath celebrate their win at the FIRST LEGO League World Festival.
Winners from IET-run UK competition go on to top international field of 80 teams.
The group of Bath students who won the IET’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) UK competition have gone on to win first place at the FLL World Festival in the USA.
Eighty teams from across the world were present at the event, which took place last week (24-27 April) in St. Louis, Missouri.
The winning team from the UK, ‘Untitled-1’, impressed the judges with their doorbell fingerprint scanner - an invention to help elderly people see who is at their front door before opening it. The students were also asked to showcase their LEGO MINDSTORMS robot, named ‘The Beast’.
Made up of four girls and three boys from Ralph Allen School and King Edward’s School in Bath, Untitled-1 were named Champions of the UK leg of the tournament in January.
One member of Untitled-1, Claudia Moorhouse, said of the World Festival: “I loved every second. When we won I was the happiest person on the planet. I didn't want to get my hopes up when the judges got interested in us so I was not expecting it.”
Her teammate Freya Alder added: "We want to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and use it to make FLL as big in the UK as it is in America.”
Ahmed Kotb, IET FLL project manager, said: “Big congratulations are due to the Untitled-1 team from Bath, who have worked really hard in the run up to the World Festival. Over 29,000 teams took part across the world and to be recognised for all their hard work is just a dream come true for them!
“A big part of what we do at the IET is encouraging young people to study science and technology subjects and to consider careers in engineering. This is our first year as Operational Partner for the FIRST LEGO League competition here in the UK and what a start! FIRST LEGO League is such a great way to get young people interested in engineering and we encourage more schools to get involved.”
UK schools seeking to get involved in the next season of FLL will be able to register by mid-May via firstlegoleague.co.uk. In this ‘Nature's Fury Challenge’, children aged 9-16 will explore awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and other natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places where people live, work, and play.
Running FLL UK is one of the many activities undertaken by the IET to inspire young people to get involved in engineering and technology. You can find out more in the Teacher resources section of the website.