Budding young engineers from Reading crowned FIRST® LEGO® League England and Wales champions

A team of young engineers from Reading have been crowned champions of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) FIRST® LEGO® League England and Wales Final.

The winning team – ShapeShifters – is made up of:

  • Ishika Jain, 15
  • Shruthi Lakshmanan, 15
  • Nikitha Prabhakar, 15
  • Jessica, 14
  • Shriya Bangalore Chandramouli, 12
  • Tisha Raj Yajaman, 13
  • Emily Wu, 13
  • Bidisha Ghosh, 15
  • Samragee Dey, 13
  • Pihu Vijya, 13

They were crowned champions at the competition final on Saturday in Bristol.

The science and technology challenge, which is aimed at 9-16 year olds, tasks teams to build a robot to tackle a series of missions, and create an innovative solution to a real world problem. This year’s CITY SHAPER Challenge, saw students learn all about architecture and the spaces we live in.

The winning team impressed the judges with their team work, dedication, and their ability to stay calm during difficult situations. They displayed how well they can work under pressure.

The team's solution is an innovative idea about a fire protection drone service designed to operate in high-rise buildings to make residents feel safer. For our robot games, we designed a straightforward robot with one medium motor, two large motors and a variety of attachments. These attachments enabled us to complete numerous missions at a time. For example we had many arms that attached onto the medium motor to press, pull, push and drag mission units. We also realised that we required side wall attachments to secure blocks in place during a run. These fundamental designs work well, however we required a different strategy to conquer the bridge mission. Our team came up with a unique idea of changing the wheels just before the mission and was able to help us overcome this hurdle.

Shapeshifters team member Ishika said: "The win was very surprising because we only got through to nationals through the Wild Card and we did so well at the end. I'm glad that our first time at nationals has given us this amazing experience and opportunity. I am also grateful for an amazing team who I know will always have my back."

Kendrick School computing teacher and Robot Club Team coach, Mr Hayes, and parent, Krishna Jain, said: "We couldn't be prouder of the students. They were extremely resilient throughout the competition - never giving up on hope, their robot and their team."

The runners-up were End_Tec, a team from Endon High School.

Lowri Walton, FIRST® LEGO® League IET Education Manager, said: “FIRST® LEGO® League allows young people to experience engineering in action. As well as bringing excitement to STEM subjects, the students get hands-on experience with robotics, and designing innovative solutions to real world problems.

There is a great need for young people with STEM skills to fill the next generation of engineering role and we are excited to see such bright young engineering minds in FIRST® LEGO® League.”

The event was the largest ever FIRST® LEGO® League Final with over 500 young people attending who were all keen to demonstrate their skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem solving and communication.

Other prizes awarded at the final included:


Winner Team Name

Winner School - Organisation

Robot Knockout Award

Team Atlantis

Austin Friars School

Bechtel Safety Award

Neatherd STEM

Neatherd High School

RS Future Engineers Award

Coundon Court Robotics

Coundon Court School

University of the West of England Innovation Award

Philip the Great

St Robert of Newminster Catholic School

Judges Award 1


Colchester Royal Grammar School

Judges Award 2

Bricking It


HM Government Award for Insight into Learning


Dersingham Primary School

2nd Place Robot Performance Award

Mad Hatters

Ralph Allen School

1st Place Robot Performance Award


Endon High School

Judges Award 3

Team Atlantis

Austin Friars School

Judges Award 4

Swamp Things

Aberdour School

2nd Place Robot Design Award

Team Bergholt

East Bergholt High School

1st Place Robot Design Award

Black Thunder

Reading School

2nd Place Innovation Project Award


Ysgol Glan Clwyd

1st Place Innovation Project Award

Tech HEds

North Wilts Home Educators

2nd Place Core Values Award


Endon High School

1st Place Core Values Award


Cullercoats Primary School

Coach Award

Mr Sheridan

Caldicot School

Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer Award

Andrea Tanner


2nd Place Champions' Award


Endon High School

The IET is proud to be the FIRST® LEGO® League’s UK and Ireland operational partner. Supporting the competition is part of the IET’s commitment to show young people the benefits of careers within Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

For more information about this year’s FIRST® LEGO® League competition, please visit

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