New season of robotics tournament starts.
Students from across the UK and Northern Ireland will demonstrate their science and technology skills as the IET’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) regional tournaments take place during November, December and January.
FLL is a global science and technology competition designed to attract more young people into engineering and technology careers. Over 250,000 young people across the world take part each year.
The expectations are even higher this year, following the success of last year’s UK winners - a team from Bath named Untitled-1 - who went on to fend off global competition and become FIRST LEGO League World Champions.
This year, teams from over 300 schools will be competing against each other at various locations across the country. Each team, made up of nine to 16- year-olds, must design and programme a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot and then use it to solve problems and tasks. Teams will be judged on their ability to build and programme the robot, their presentation and research skills and how well they cooperate with each other and their competitors.
Each school had eight to 10 weeks to prepare for the event, with 24 regional tournaments taking place across the country over the three months.
The regional winners will go on to the FLL National Final, due to take place in Loughborough on 1 February 2014.
The winner of the National Final will then go on to St Louis, USA in April 2014, to represent the UK and Ireland at the FIRST LEGO League World Festival.
President of the IET Barry Brooks said: “After the excitement of last year’s win for the UK, we are very keen to find an outstanding robotics team who can defend our title. This is the second year that the IET has run the FIRST LEGO League tournament, which is part of the work that we do encouraging young people to consider technology and engineering related careers.”
The IET is the FLL’s UK operational partner. Supporting the competition is part of the IET’s commitment to show young people the benefits of careers within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
FIRST LEGO League helps young competitors to develop skills in design and technology, programming and control, mathematics, research, strategic thinking and teamwork. For more information, please visit: www.firstlegoleague.co.uk.