16 January 2013
A total of 22 schools from across the UK will battle it out at the FIRST LEGO league (FLL) National Final at Loughborough University on January 26, in the hope of winning a place at the FLL World Festival in the USA.
The teams taking part are all winners of regional tournaments that took place throughout November, December and January. Regional competitors, aged between 9 and 16, were set the task of improving the quality of life for elderly people. Teams from across the country were challenged to find innovative ways for senior people to keep fit, keep in touch and stay mobile.
Teams also had to build, test, and program an autonomous robot using a LEGO Mindstorm Robot to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course. Teams were 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 Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is the operating partner of the UK-leg of the competition.
Ahmed Kotb, Project Manager at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, said: “The regional tournaments of the FIRST LEGO league have been a real success. Students from both Primary and Secondary schools have really got stuck into the challenge this year. They’ve had to demonstrate and excel at a variety of skills including teamwork, presentation skills, research and strategic thinking. These skills will help them later on in life, and the fact that they are displaying these skills already is testament to the hard work they have put in.”
The final will involve the regional Champions from across the UK that demonstrated excellent overall performance. Students from both Primary and Secondary schools have a chance of winning a place at the World Festival in St Louis, USA where they will showcase their work alongside other Champions from across the World. The runner up has an opportunity to compete at the Open European Championship in Paderborn, Germany.
President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Professor Andy Hopper said: “Part of the IET’s mission is to encourage young people to study science and engineering subjects leading to careers in these areas, and I believe the FIRST LEGO League is a fantastic way to get young people interested. I am proud that the league has been such a success so far and I wish all competing teams the best of luck in the final.”