Budding young engineers take part in FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Expo

The science and technology challenge, which is aimed at 6-9-year-olds, tasks teams to build a LEGO® Model and program one moving element, whilst also researching the annual theme. This year’s theme is called MISSION MOONSM how humans could survive and live on the moon taking into account how to breathe, what to eat and drink and what other problems we might face.

Coached by IET colleagues, six teams of primary school children showcased their work, which included a Moon Base that had to include a moving element and a research poster, which showed all that they had learnt about the moon.

Team coach of the Round Diamond team, IET colleague and Mum, Nicole Tiebosch, said: “It’s been great fun working with the children on their project – it's involved researching, designing, creating and programming all while working as a team. It’s so important to get young children thinking about and involved in STEM subjects and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr is a perfect way of doing this.”

Lowri Walton, IET FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Programme Manager, added: “FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. allows young people to experience engineering in action. As well as bringing excitement to STEM subjects, the students get hands-on experience with coding and designing innovative solutions to real-world problems. Developing computer programming, teamwork, problem-solving and communication skills has never been so much fun and gives students an insight into the creative and innovative careers that engineering presents.

“There is a great need for young people with STEM skills to fill the next generation of engineering role and we are excited to see such bright young engineering minds taking part in FIRST® LEGO® League Jr.”

The IET is proud to be the FIRST® LEGO® League’s Jr. UK and Ireland 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).

For more information about this year’s FIRST® LEGO® League competition, please visit https://firstlegoleague.theiet.org/junior/index.cfm