UK team named FIRST LEGO League World Champions

29 April 2014
IET Communications team
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Team Invicta and supporters

FIRST LEGO League World Champions Team Invicta celebrate with their supporters.

Winners of the IET’s UK competition go on to take out global title for second year running.

Three 14-year-olds from Canterbury have been crowned World Champions of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition, which is run in the UK by the IET.

Team Invicta – made up of Oli English, Emma English and Carlos Purchase-Galarza – designed innovative wristbands that use radio waves to track civilians buried under earthquake rubble.

Their win means that a UK team has secured the top prize in the global competition for the second year running, proving that there is no shortage of raw engineering and technology talent in the UK.

The trio won a place at the World Festival after winning the FLL UK National Final, organised by the IET. They went on to beat off competition from 80 teams, representing 32 countries, at the World Festival in St. Louis, USA on Saturday, 26 April.

Team member Emma said: “I've learnt life skills that will help me in future life – for example, speaking to a big amount of people and under pressure! This is all down to FLL and it is an amazing opportunity! Lastly, the biggest thing for me is realising how important working in a team is when something needs to get done.”

This year’s competition – entitled ‘Nature’s Fury’ – challenged teams made up of nine to 16-year-olds to find a solution to tackle the effects of natural disasters.

Each team was also tasked with designing and programming a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot. The robot had to then solve a range of problems and tasks.

Teams were judged on their ability to build and programme the robot, their presentation and research skills and how well they cooperated with each other and their competitors.

Congratulations to Team Invicta!


Inspiring the next generation

The IET is the operating partner of FIRST LEGO League in the UK, as part of the Institution’s aim to introduce young people to the excitement of science, technology and engineering. You can find out more about our education activities on our teacher resources page.

In 2013, the IET also provided over £1 million in awards, prizes and scholarships, to celebrate engineering excellence and inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians. For more detail, please visit the awards section of our website.