News Article

Lego Champions
6th December 2017

Here at Somerhill we have enjoyed competing in First Lego League for a few years now. It's a great opportunity for our boys and girls to work together on innovative projects that tie in to missions requiring good robot design and programming.

The theme this year is Hydro Dynamics. In September, our team of six children from Years Five, Six and Seven embarked upon the project and robot challenges.

The competition involves tens of thousands of children globally and begins with regional rounds. For Kent and Medway, fifteen teams competed in Canterbury at the University of Kent on Tuesday 5th December. The age range is 9 to 16 years and many of the teams included ten senior school children from Years Seven to Eleven working together on the project, robot missions, a technical interview and a team game.

Our Somerhill team, the Legoneers, were delighted to be mentioned as good team players in their silent tower construction game. They applauded their friends from Kemsing Primary, the Kemdroids, on their excellent Project Award and then were bowled over to receive the Robot Award for their design, coding and execution of the robot missions. One more award remained... the overall Kent and Medway Champions Award. With a drum roll echoing around the main hall of Darwin College, the Legoneers were delighted to win, with the judges highlighting their demonstration of core values, strong teamwork, an innovative project and brilliant robot! Congratulations Nina, Charlotte, Thomas, Seb, Luke and Ptolemy. Good luck with your preparation for the UK and Ireland finals, to be held in Bristol at the end of February.

Some photos are available at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/somerhillthree/albums/72157667117313139

More information about First Lego League is available at: http://firstlegoleague.theiet.org/

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