INTO ORBIT challenge with Lego league

7 December 2018

With Christmas on the horizon, many young people will be hoping to find Lego in their stocking on Christmas Day. Yet the Lego fun has already begun for many who are using the world famous bricks in a major STEM competition. First Lego League, a fun science and technology challenge for young people, came to Daresbury Laboratory this week for two days of regional heats.

160 pupils from 16 schools have been working for weeks to design, build and programme a model from Lego Mindstorm kits. This year, the challenge was called ‘into orbit’: identify a physical or social problem faced by humans during long duration space exploration within our Sun’s solar system and propose a solution.

The groups, aged 9-16, were marked not only on their project but also on a series of core values around cooperation, professionalism, team working and, of course, fun.

To tie in with the space theme, STFC’s public engagement team opened up the planetarium for the contestants as an extra treat – allowing them to look up at the solar system which they’ve designed their projects around.

Two regional winners will now go through to the national final in Bristol. The two winning schools were:

  • St Anne’s Fulshaw CE Primary School, Wilmslow
  • Bury Grammar School

First Lego League is organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. A further round will be hosted at our Rutherford Appleton Laboratory site in January.

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St Anne’s Fulshaw Twitter

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