FIRST LEGO League Competition

On the 6th of December in the year 2016 AD, five brave souls stepped onto the minibus to take on a challenge that tested their skills, the FIRST LEGO League Kent and Medway Regional Finals, organised by the University of Kent at their Canterbury Campus.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students which aims to encourage an interest in real world issues and to develop key skills for future careers. The 2016 theme was ‘Animal Allies’. In addition to competing in ‘The Robot Game’, teams were required to complete ‘The Project’, which involves identifying a problem when people and animals interact, designing a solution and sharing these with others.

Facing the trials of presentations and building the best robot, as well as coding their way up the leader board, the TGS team proved to be worthy indeed.

They demonstrated teamwork which got the team points, even if their code didn’t quite go as planned. Our two year 7’s and three year 10’s faced their rivals head on.

They were accompanied on their journey by Mr Owen, Mrs Blackstone and their student ambassador Paige, a local resident, who guided them to the trials. They did well in their presentation, teamwork challenge and technical interview.

They didn’t win the overall competition, because they didn’t have enough time to code and test the robot before the big day, which wasn’t their fault. Many things could have gone better, but clutching their trophy for Core Values, with their medals hanging around their necks, all was well as they approached the school after dusk and parted on their separate journeys.

Article written by Jessica - Year 10