29 November 2013
Students from Cambridge 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 30 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 14 schools will be competing against each other at the Duxford War Museum in Cambridge. 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 taking part include:
Ipswich School, Ipswich
Parmiter's School, Hertfordshire
Two Dales, Ipswich
Fakenham High School, Norfolk
The John Warner School, Herts
Someries Junior School, Luton
Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, Norwich
Monks Walk School, Welwyn Garden City
Bawdsey Primary School, Woodbridge
East Bergholt High School, Suffolk
Farlingaye High School, Suffolk
Dereham Neatherd High School
Bury St Edmunds County Upper School, Suffolk
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.