First Lego League

Recently I took part in the First Lego League National Finals in Harrogate. First Lego League (FLL) is a global STEM competition run by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. It develops coding, designing and research skills. There are three parts to the competition:

  1. Robot games where teams build and program a robot to go round a board completing missions. This could be pulling, pushing, or transporting something. Teams earn points for each mission the robot successfully completes.
  2. The project where teams design and present a solution to a problem. This year’s theme was about how transporting cargo is using too much fossil fuels and our solution was an electric cargo ship with tidal turbines which we presented to the judges.
  3. Core values where teams explore new skills and ideas, show respect for each other and embrace their differences and work together well as a team.

After winning the Regional Completion held at Legoland, my team, Inov8, went on to compete in the National Finals. We achieved 2nd place out of 66 teams in the robot games with the 2nd highest score and won the knockout competition, earning us two Lego trophies.

I really enjoyed taking part in the FLL competition because it was a great opportunity to work as part of a team, develop my research skills and learn more about robotics.  It was a really fun experience and my team are planning on competing again next year.

Jessica Year 8