Ayrshire College hosts FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge regional tournament

Ayrshire College hosts FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge regional tournament

Ayrshire College hosted the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge regional tournament on Friday 19 January.

The FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is a global STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) robotics-based, life skills programme for young people aged 9-16 years, which is delivered in the UK and Ireland by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

10 schools, including three Ayrshire schools - Stewarton Academy, St Matthews Academy and Wellington School, and one independent team - Robo Kidz, took part. They were competing for a place at the national finals in April.

Prior to the event each team was tasked with designing and building an autonomous LEGO® robot. This year’s theme was ‘STEM in the Arts’. During the tournament, robots were programmed to complete a series of challenges and points were allocated based on how well they performed. Teams were also scored on presentations about their projects.

Category winners were:

  • Robot Performance – Shawlands Academy
  • Robot Design – St Ambrose High School
  • Innovation Project – Robo Kidz
  • Core Values – Bathgate Academy
  • GE Award for Teamwork – High School of Glasgow

 And the Champions Award went to Shawlands Academy.

GE Caledonian apprentices were on hand to assist teams throughout the day.

Ged Freel, Head of Learning and Skills – Engineering and Science at Ayrshire College, said: “We’re delighted to be part of this event which encourages young people to consider careers in engineering and technology. It helps them to develop confidence, problem solving, teamwork and STEM skills and it’s great to meet the engineers of the future.

“Thanks to the apprentices from GE for their continued support. They have been involved in the event for years now and always have a great rapport with the pupils.”

Sahib Singh, pupil from the High School of Glasgow, said: “This has been really fun. I enjoyed the innovation project. We wanted to find something that everyone enjoys, so we chose music and created our presentation around that. But my favourite part was definitely competing in the robot games.”

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