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Lego League Regional Finals hosted by the University of Kent

Over 150 pupils from schools across Kent took part in the First Lego League regional finals on Tuesday 05 December at the University’s Canterbury campus.

First Lego League is an international programme designed to bring science to life for school-children aged nine to sixteen through themed activities, including a hands-on robot challenge and scientific research.

The event showcased specially designed robots made by teams of pupils from each school, with each robot being put through their paces in a sports-like atmosphere.

This year’s theme, HYDRODYNAMICS asked teams to identify a problem and design a solution to how we find, transport, use, or dispose of water.

The winners of the regional final on Tuesday was team Legoneers from the Schools at Somerhill, while Kemsing Primary School, Swalecliffe Community Primary School and Ormiston Rivers Academy all picked up the judges, the project, and the core values award respectively.

Legoneers will go on to compete in the national finals at the University of West England, with a chance of becoming the overall UK winner and representing the UK in the world finals in America next year.

First Lego League is hosted by the University’s Partnership Development Office and the School of Computing. It aims to get young people thinking about the application of technology in real life situations and involves individually designed robots, made using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS equipment. Over 600 teams from the UK & Ireland will be participating in regional finals around the country with the aim of heading to the world finals where they will meet teams from over 50 countries across the globe.

To find out more about the First Lego League Challenge please email outreach@kent.ac.uk.


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