See Science hosted an IET FIRST®LEGO®League Tournament on 25 January in Henry Tudor School Pembrokeshire. The tournaments are the culmination of weeks of preparation, where students have worked in teams to design, build and programme a robot, and create an innovative solution to a real-world problem.
73 IET FIRST®LEGO®League tournaments have taken place across the UK and Ireland. These are fun and exciting events where teams of young people compete to put their robot through its paces, and communicate their ideas, sharing what they have learnt with judges.
In the 2019-20 FIRST®LEGO®League CITY SHAPER℠Challenge, teams aged 9 to 16 learnt all about architecture and the spaces we live in. They had to demonstrate their skills in robotics, computer programming, research, and communication, as well as needing to demonstrate the FIRST® LEGO®League Core Values, which include teamwork, problem-solving and friendly competition.
Lowri Walton, FIRST®LEGO®League IET Education Manager, said: “Teams who take part in FIRST®LEGO®League this year experience engineering in action. The programme makes STEM subjects fun and accessible as the young people get hands-on experience with robotics and designing innovative solutions. The teams develop computer programming, teamwork, problem-solving and communications skills in an incredibly exciting environment.
“It’s a fact that the need for engineers has never been greater. The IET supports FIRST®LEGO®League because it equips young people with the skills that they need to become future innovators and engineers. FIRST®LEGO®League is the world’s largest STEM competition with 40,000 teams in more than 100 countries and the IET is proud to be the operational partners for the programme in the UK and Ireland.”
See Science chose to host a challenge in Pembrokeshire to give as many learners as possible in all areas of Wales the opportunity to participate. Congratulations to all the winning teams, it was a wonderful day and many thanks to all the paretns adn teachers who supported the event. Declan Lynch, a teacher from Ysgol Bro Gwaun commented that this was "a great experience for all the pupils involved. We hope to take part again next year and we would even consider acting as hosts".
FIRST®LEGO®League is part of a wider IET education programme, made up of a whole host of teaching resources and activities to inspire and attract the engineers of tomorrow.
For more information about this year’s FIRST®LEGO®League competition, please visit https://education.theiet.org/first-lego-league-programmes/fll/.