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On a Mission with Lego

22nd January 2020

Students from Comberton joined hundreds of youngsters from across the East of England at the ‘First Lego League’ tournament in Cambridge.

Eighteen teams of youngsters from Year 6 to Year 12 competed for a place in the national finals in the regional event at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering.

For the past few months Year 7 students from CVC have been working to build and programme autonomous robots to create innovative solutions to a real-world problem, using a Lego Mindstorms kit.

They then put their efforts to the test in the competition arena, where the robots had just 150 seconds to complete missions on a playing field. The robots were pre-programmed to complete these missions with special kits.

They also had to give a presentation on a technical solution to redevelop a part of a city to improve people’s lives.

Although none of Comberton’s teams were among the qualifies for the England and Wales final in Bristol next month, one did win the judges award for bringing great spirit to the competition.

The students reported: “Everyone had great fun and learned a lot about programming, building robots, problem solving, giving presentations. We are already preparing and looking forward to next year’s event.  We would like to thank Qualcomm who sponsored us for the event.”

‘First Lego League’ has been running for more than 20 years globally but only arrived in the UK about 12 years ago. The national final winners have the chance to compete in the international final in the United States.

Lowri Walton, Education Manager for the First Lego League, said: The skills that young people are learning are coding and programming skills, engineering skills, researching, problem solving. The technical skills are wonderful, but it's the softer skills that they are learning as well, teamwork, communication and that really important problem-solving which they need to become future engineers."

Those taking part were Claudia, Zach (7C), Luc, Joseph (7O), Matthew (7M), Abigail, Connnor, Ceceilia (7T) Rufus, Avigael and Oliver (7V).

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