This year we are further boosting our STEM activities by entering into two exciting new competitions. Students have been coming together during dinner times and after school three nights a week, to use the exciting LEGO EV3 Mindstorms equipment and software to create their own fully programmable Robots.
Year 7 Students will be entering the EEP Tomorrow’s Engineers, This is a curriculum-linked programme that sees students working together in teams to solve real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges. There are three parts to the Challenge. The Robot Challenge consists of seven space missions. Teams try to complete as many as possible in 3 ½ minutes or under, using the unique robots that they’ve built. In addition to this they will also complete a research project and a teamwork task – something we are sure they will do amazingly well in based on the sessions.
Year 8 face a tougher challenge – they will be taking part in in the First Lego League. This is a global science and technology competition with over 250,000 young people taking part each year. Students will be competing in the ANIMAL ALLIES season. The teams will investigate and solve a real-world problem in the project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FIRST LEGO League's signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and gracious professionalism.
So far this year all of our teams have impressed many visiting staff who have popped in to see and hear first-hand from the students about the exciting goings on in room 231!