Press release

Local schools must take on natural disasters for new First Lego League challenge

29 August 2013

Storms, earthquakes and tsunamis are just part of this year’s First Lego League (FLL) competition, which is managed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

After the international success of last year’s FLL winners from Bath, the IET is looking for a new team of Lego robotics champions who can show impressive and innovative engineering skills.

Nature’s Fury is the theme for 2013, which will challenge children, aged nine to 16 to think like scientists and engineers in the face of natural disasters. Teams will be tasked with building, testing and programming an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of mission. They will also choose and solve a real­world problem related to natural disasters.

Ahmed Kotb, FLL Project Manager at the IET, said: “Last year was the first time that the IET hosted the First Lego League UK competition and amazingly, it was our team that went on to be crowned champions at the World Lego Festival in April.

“I think our success in this year’s competition has demonstrated some great potential coming out of UK schools and I’m looking for the next team of UK champions to take on the World Festival in 2014!”

FLL is a global science and technology competition for teams of students aged nine to 16. It aims to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. The students work together as a team and explore a given scientific topic and plan, program and test an autonomous robot to solve several missions.

For the first time, First Lego League UK will be sponsored by Bechtel.  Peter Dawson, President of Bechtel’s global civil infrastructure business said: “Building for the future is what we do every day.  An important part of that is working with organisations such as  FIRST LEGO League, in schools all over the world to help engage students in science and technology. We are delighted to support students in this exciting robotics tournament that encourages innovation and helps to build tomorrow’s engineers.”

Media enquiries to:

Katie Stanton
Communications Executive

Tel: +44(0)1438 765608
Mob: +44(0)7738 713867
Email: kstanton@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

For more information about FLL UK, please visit the FLL website.

For the first time, Bechtel will be sponsoring the UK First Lego League competition.

Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespersons.

The IET is leading the development of an international engineering and technology community, sharing and advancing knowledge to enhance people’s lives. The IET is the Professional Home for Life® for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of Essential Engineering Intelligence®.

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