Mrs M. O’Connor, Deputy Curriculum Leader: IT & Computing, writes:
On Saturday 12th January, Stanborough School hosted a heat of the FIRST LEGO League Robotics Competition for the third year in a row. We welcomed teams from all across the country. FIRST LEGO League is an international competition organised by FIRST for primary and secondary school students which challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.
In September each year a new themed challenge is announced and this year’s theme was ‘INTO ORBIT’. During the INTO ORBIT season, teams had to identify and solve a real-world problem relating to supporting astronauts while travelling in space. This was then required to be presented in the form of a project to our panel of judges on the day of the competition.
During the season the team also had the challenge of building, testing, and programming an autonomous robot utilising LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions.
On the day of the competition our team of Dawid Zablocki 7OS, Camaron Lindsay 7OS, Maxwell Chisholm 7S, Sarah Pennell 8BM, Thomas Linger 8H and Oliver Holbourns 8S went head to head with seven other teams.
After each game the teams were given the opportunity to review and improve their programming and game strategies. Throughout the process, the teams were encouraged to focus on the FIRST Core Values of celebrating discovery, teamwork and professionalism. Each team had to present their understanding of the core values during a task that was given to them on the day.
The Stanborough team have worked hard over the past three months to prepare for the day. They showed that when given a challenge they could work together to solve a problem. Above all they showed resilience in the face of adversity, working through any problems.
Overall the day was a huge success and all the visiting teams really enjoying the experience.
Well done to all the students who competed in the competition and a massive thank you to our students, staff, parents and local businesses for volunteering to support the organising of the day. You made it a success!