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Budding young engineers win at global FIRST® LEGO® League World Festival

Six teams who were awarded prizes at the IET FIRST® LEGO® League UK and Ireland Final back in February, travelled to Detroit to compete against more than 100 teams from around the world. Five of the UK and Ireland teams were awarded prizes, which included:

  • Team C.D Imreori were awarded 1st Place Project – Presentation
  • Team L20 was awarded 2nd place for the Robot Design Award - Strategy and Innovation
  • Team GLIC were awarded 3rd Place for Robot Design – Mechanical Design
  • GLIC’s team coach Neil Corrigan was one of four to receive a ‘Coach Award’
  • Team Griffin Sprog were awarded 3rd Place Core Vales – Teamwork
  • Team Egni received the Judges’ Award for Thinking Big

 FIRST® LEGO® League, which is a science and technology challenge aimed at 9-16-year-olds, tasks teams to build a robot to tackle a series of missions, and create an innovative solution to a real-world problem. This year’s INTO ORBITSM challenge was all about space – how humans survive for extended periods in this environment.

Lowri Walton, FIRST® LEGO® League IET Education Manager, said: “FIRST® LEGO® League allows young people to experience engineering in action. As well as bringing excitement to STEM subjects, the students get hands-on experience with robotics and designing innovative solutions to real-world problems. Developing computer programming, teamwork, problem-solving and communications 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 roles and we are excited to see such bright young engineering minds in FIRST® LEGO® League. I am delighted at how well our brilliant teams performed at the World Festival, they have represented the IET and the UK and Ireland like true professionals, and they should be incredibly proud of themselves”

The event was a celebration of four competitions, spanning a huge age range, with tens of thousands of young people attending who were all keen to demonstrate their skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem solving and communication.

The IET is proud to be the FIRST® LEGO® League’s UK and Ireland operational partner. Supporting the competition is part of the IET’s commitment to showing 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 http://firstlegoleague.theiet.org/index.cfm.