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University of Kent to host FIRST LEGO League regional finals

This year the University of Kent will be holding the FIRST LEGO League tournament as part of their outreach provision on the 5 and 6 of December 2017 at the Canterbury Campus.

What is FIRST© LEGO© League?

FIRST® LEGO® League is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. The students work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous LEGO robot to solve a series of missions.

FLL is for young people aged 9 to 16 years, working in teams of up to ten students with a supporting adult coach. Each year FLL releases a new challenge for the teams. The challenge involves a robot game and a research project, and students will need to demonstrate the FLL core values throughout all their work. The theme for this year is HYDRO DYNAMICS and full details will be provided in August.

Teams usually have twelve to sixteen weeks to work on the challenge before they compete in their chosen Regional Tournament. Winners go on to the UK & Ireland finals and even progress to the European or world finals in the USA. Two teams from previous Kent finals have managed to get to the World finals, one of which was crowned the global champion!

The Costs

Registration costs £150 plus VAT per team paid directly to IET. There is a 50% discount available for submitting two teams. For this fee you receive 

  • Your Challenge Set (this is the practice field for your robot), comprised of an exclusive selection of LEGO® bricks and a roll-out field to practice on;
  • Administrative support from the IET;
  • Entry into one of the Regional Tournaments.

This fee is not charge by the University of Kent, nor do they receive any money as a tournament host.

The Partner & KMPF School Support Package

The cost of setting up a team can be daunting, therefore the University of Kent are offering a free support package for the 2017/18 season exclusive to Partner and KMPF Schools. This package consist of:

  • Loan of a LEGO MINDSTORMS robot from our School of Computing from the time of registration to the tournament day
  • In school support with programming and the presentation element of the competition, delivered by specifically trained student ambassadors
  • Team coach support from staff based within the University of Kent’s Partnership Development and School of Computing
  • Invitations to our launch event in September where we display the table top challenge, talk through how our tournament runs and offer the opportunity to meet other team coaches.

For more information about the competition or the support that the University of Kent can offer, you can email or phone Jamie Messer on j.messer@kent.ac.uk or 01227 827240.

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