Press release

International success gets Lego robotics onto Bath school’s syllabus

04 June 2013

Following the UK team’s triumph at the First Lego League (FLL) World Festival, Lego Robotics will now be taught in the Design and Technology lessons at Ralph Allen School in Bath.

Untitled-1 became the envy of their friends after winning the UK National FLL final in January; an innovative Lego Robotics tournament organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Untitled-1 then went on to beat 80 teams from across the world at the global competition last month. Overall, 21,000 teams participated in the First Lego League tournament.

The team included seven 9-15 year olds from Ralph Allen School and King Edward School in Bath. Neither school was initially involved in the team’s Robotics - it was 17-year-old Sam Mason who registered the team for the FLL and held practice sessions at his house.

The team’s success persuaded teachers at Ralph Allen School to include Lego Robotics on the list of topics covered in the school’s Design and Technology classes.

Vice Principal of Ralph Allen School, John Chantry said: “The first time I saw them in action I was sold! It is exactly the way in which we want to develop learning at Ralph Allen School, and it ties in with our new approach to STEM subjects. It was a school based decision, linked to our ICT strategy.”

Ahmed Kotb, FLL Project Manager at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), said: “This is the first year that the IET has acted as operating partner for the First Lego League, and excitingly also the first year that the UK has won the Champions Award at the World Festival.

“We became involved in this competition because we wanted more young people to see the fun and interesting side of engineering and technology, and the Bath team have taken it as far as securing a Robotics section in their D&T syllabus.”

Sign up for the 2013 First Lego League UK tournament opens this month, with the theme of ‘Nature's Fury’. Children aged nine to 16 will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play. Brace yourself for Nature's Fury!

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