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SS Pupils Compete in First LEGO League Regional Qualifiers

Saturday January 9th 2016 saw the Stamford School Robotics team journey to Loughborough University for the regional qualifiers of the First Lego League.

The First LEGO League is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students. The aim of the challenges is to inspire interests in real world issues and allow students to grow important skills that can be useful in their future careers. The students work together on a given challenge –which changes yearly- and design, build and program an autonomous LEGO robot to tackle a series of tasks.

After the disappointment of last year’s last place finish the team were eager to put on a strong showing. The extra time spent after school designing and programming their robot to carry out recycling tasks paid off and the team were unfortunate to miss out on a semi-final place by three points.

The team’s presentation on the dangers of nuclear waste falling into terrorist hands wowed the judges and gave them a welcome reprieve from the common plastic bags recycling theme.

Physics teacher at Stamford School, Jamie Laird, said; “The boys thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of tweaking their robot design for each stage of the competition and worked tirelessly to ensure the robot scored maximum points. Already they are back to Robotics club to practice their programming skills for the next competition.”