Pupils from across South Wales demonstrated their science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) skills at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) regional tournament in Swansea Waterfront Museum this week.
Teams of pupils from seven schools competed against each other by programing a LEGO Mindstorms robot to undertake a series of actions based on the theme Nature’s Fury. They were assessed on research and presentation skills and other core values such as teamwork.
The Engineering Education Scheme Wales organised this event in South Wales for the first time this year to support and expand the competition in Wales and show young people the benefits of careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) is the FLL’s UK operational partner.
Bob Cater, CEO of the Engineering Education Scheme Wales said “We are pleased to be working in collaboration with Technocamps and the IET to develop this exciting challenge for our pupils in Wales”.
The winner of the champion’s award was Team Deathbot almost 2000 from Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn. Team Aftermath of Ysgol Dyffryn Aman won awards for Robot Performance and Project work. Team Vortex from Lewis School Pengam won an award for Robot Design and Romilly Primary School came top in the Core Values section of the judging, also walking away with a Lego cup.
Each school has had eight weeks to prepare for the event, which is the first time a First Lego League regional final has been held in Wales. The schools taking part were Cadoxton Primary School, Romilly Primary School, Lewis School Pengam, Ysgol Bro Dewi, Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, Ysgol Dyffryn Aman and Morriston Comprehensive School.
This is one of 24 regional finals being held across the UK and the winners will go forward to a National Final in January 2014. The Champion Award winner of the National Final will then go on to represent the UK and Ireland at an International Final later in 2014.