Press release

Schools to compete in LEGO Robotics tournament

23 November 2012


Students from schools across Essex and the surrounding areas will be demonstrating their science and technology skills this week, when the FIRST LEGO league (FLL) regional tournament arrives in Essex on Tuesday November 20.

Students from schools across Essex and the surrounding areas will be demonstrating their science and technology skills this week, when the FIRST LEGO league (FLL) regional tournament arrives in Essex on Tuesday November 20.

Teams from 11 schools will be competing against each other at Ford Dunton Technical Centre. Each team, made up of 9 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.

The schools competing in the Essex tournament will be: Litcham High School in Norfolk, Marston Vale Middle School in Bedford, The Nobel School in Stevenage, The Chafford School in Essex, Chelmer Valley High School in Essex, Colne Community School in Colchester, KEGS in Chelmsford, TASIS in Surrey and Forest Boys School in London.

Each school had 8 to 10 weeks to prepare for Tuesday’s event, which is the first of 18 regional tournaments taking place across the country in November, December and January. The winners of the Essex regional tournament will go to the FLL National Final, due to take place in Loughborough on January 26. The Champion Award winner of the National Final will then go on to St Louis, USA to represent the UK and Ireland in the FIRST LEGO League World Festival in April 2013.

President of the IET, Professor Andy Hopper CBE, said: “The IET is very excited to be involved with FIRST LEGO League, not least because it is a global competition with a prestigious background, but most importantly because it is an excellent way to engage young people into STEM careers.

FIRST LEGO League encourages an interest in real world issues and develops key skills that are crucial for their future careers.” 

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (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.

The IET is a world leading professional organisation sharing and advancing knowledge to promote science, engineering and technology across the world. The IET supports teachers of STEM to inspire students to keep studying these subjects and to consider engineering as a career. The IET provides free teaching resources for the classroom, along with other enhancement and enrichment activities for primary and secondary schools. For more information visit: www.firstlegoleague.co.uk.

Media enquires to:

Katie Stanton
Communications Executive

Tel: +44(0)1438 765608
Mob: +44(0)7738 713867
Email: kstanton@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

  • The IET is Europe’s largest professional body of engineers with over 150,000 members in 127 countries.
  • The IET is a professional home for life for its members and supports them throughout their careers.
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