05 May 2017
Schoolchildren from England, Wales and Northern Ireland joined more than 15,000 students from around the world and travelled to St. Louis, Missouri, USA, putting their innovation skills to the test at the annual FIRST® LEGO® League World Festival.
All of the three UK-based teams taking part - Team Lightning (Swansea), B6 Berrellium (Royston) and Lego Workshop Wonders (Magherafelt) - rose to the occasion, with two teams winning awards for their terrific performances. B6 Berrellium took second place in the Strategy & Innovation Robot Design Award and Lego Workshop Wonders won the Most Improved Team Judges’ Award.
Mandy Workman, IET Education Manager, said: “All three teams excelled at the FIRST® LEGO® League World Festival in the USA. They were superb ambassadors for their schools and the IET’s FIRST® LEGO® League programme.
“It was a high-energy event which provided unforgettable experiences for all the budding engineers and allowed them to make new friends from all around the world. The competition was intense with incredible robots and lots of fantastic innovative solutions in the project category.
“These young people should be extremely proud of their achievements as they’re shining examples of the way FIRST® LEGO® League can change lives and inspire young people to follow science, technology, engineering and maths careers.”
The challenge, aimed at 9 - 16-year-olds, tasks teams to build a robot to tackle a series of missions, each representing a different aspect of animal-human interaction. The students are required to demonstrate their skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem solving and communication.
Each team also has to identify a problem with the way humans interact with animals, designing an innovative solution and sharing this with others.
The competition continues in June when the IET, which runs the FIRST® LEGO® League programme in the UK and Ireland, hosts the International Open Championship in Bath. It is the first time that this global engineering event will be hosted in the UK.