FIRST LEGO League: a great new educational partnership

27 September 2012
IET Communications team
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A FIRST LEGO League team

The IET is now the FIRST LEGO League competition’s Operational Partner for the UK and Ireland.

Every year the IET Education team provides a fantastic range of activities and resources to help inspire young people to get involved in engineering and technology.

This year, an exciting new project involves FIRST LEGO League, an international robotics competition that attracts over 200,000 students.

The IET is now the FIRST LEGO League Operational Partner for the UK and Ireland, meaning that it will run the competition throughout this part of the world.

Students from 9 to 16 years of age can form teams and take part. Each year’s competition is based on a new global theme, and in 2012-13 the theme is ‘Senior Solutions’ – challenging the participants to improve quality of life for seniors.

Teams have 8 to 10 weeks to prepare for their regional tournament, which involves programming a LEGO MINDSTORM kit to complete various missions, learning more about the science behind the challenge theme, and a section focusing on the core values of FIRST LEGO League.

Ahmed Kotb recently joined the IET to manage the running of the competition. He 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 winners of the 20 regional tournaments taking place in the UK and Ireland will attend a National Final in January 2013, before the World Finals take place in the USA.

If you would like to know more about the FIRST LEGO League competition in the UK and Ireland, please visit www.firstlegoleague.co.uk.