28 November 2013
Students from Brighton and the surrounding areas will demonstrate their science and technology skills this week, when the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) FIRST LEGO league (FLL) regional tournament takes place on 28 November.
The expectations are even higher this year, following the success of last year’s UK winners – Untitled-1 - who went on to beat off global competition and become FIRST LEGO League World Champions.
Teams from seven schools will be competing against each other at the University of Brighton. 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.
Schools involve include:
St Lawrence CEP, Hurstpierpoint
Uckfield Community Technology College, East Sussex
Reigate School, Surrey
Northolmes Junior School, West Sussex
St Wilfrid's Catholic School, West Sussex
Imberhorne School, West Sussex
Each school had 8 to 10 weeks to prepare for the event, with 24 regional tournaments taking place across the country over the next three months.
The winners of this regional tournament will go on to the FLL National Final, due to take place in Loughborough on 1 February.
The winner of the National Final will then go on to St Louis, USA to represent the UK and Ireland at the FIRST LEGO League World Festival in April 2014.
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 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. For more information visit: www.firstlegoleague.co.uk.