SCHOOL teams from across Furness and south Cumbria are competed at Furness College today in the Furness First Lego League Competition.
Eighteen teams have been working on the First Lego League programme since September this year. There are double the number of teams from last year.
Team members are taught to use Lego Mindstorms software to create programmes that enable Lego robots to carry out a variety of tasks and challenges. Teams have to design and build their robots and the key learning outcome is to understand the need for, and practical application of, remote handling and control technology skills.
Last year's winners Barrow's Holy Family Catholic Primary School (One of our BEP Schools) won the regional event again this year and they will again compete at the UK and Ireland finals
The First Lego League is an International programme and it is an exciting and challenging way of delivering robotics outreach activities to primary and secondary pupils using state-of-the-art Lego EV3 and Lego NXT kits. This helps pupils to understand principles of computer science, such as algorithms and logic, and to be able to create and debug computer programmes to accomplish specific goals. Remote handling and control technology skills are becoming increasingly important to advanced manufacturing industries. The scheme gives young people opportunities to understand, develop and practise these skills at an early age so that they can become the skilled workforce of the future.