Lego League Success for Keswick School

Keswick School KLIC (Keswick Lego® Innovators Club) have just returned from a very successful trip to the National finals of the First® Lego® League at the UWE (University of West England) in Bristol. The KS KLIC team have been engaged with the First® Lego® League since early October and have had a number of tasks, presentations, posters and research activities to complete in order to get this far in the competition.

The team were made up of Year 7 students Ruaridh Dean (Cleator), Joseph Woolaghan (Egremont), Jessica Edgar (Cleator), Katherine Langstaff (Workington), Cerys Meagan (Keswick) and Year 9 student John Hopley (Lamplugh).                                       
The 47 teams competing in the National finals were challenged to build a robot using a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® kit which they program to autonomously complete a series of missions. The project theme was Animal Allies. This involved researching and proposing solutions concerning the ways in which humans and animals interact.
The KS KLIC team chose to investigate ‘The reintroduction of the Eurasian Lynx’ as this has been in the news. Professor Ian Convery & Dr Darrell Smith from the University of Cumbria & the UK Lynx Trust, who are currently working on a project to reintroduce the Eurasian Lynx to Kielder National Park, supported the team with ideas and suggestions. The team then delivered an excellent project presentation, including an executive summary of how they developed a robot program, what attachments they designed, which tasks they chose to complete and why.
While competing, the teams have to also demonstrate certain core values including Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition®, encouraging high quality work, unqualified kindness and respect and learning. The KS KLIC team demonstrated great team values throughout the competition.
Overall the KS KLIC team came eighth in the national finals. They were up against a much older and experienced team in the final knockout round and finished with a score of 196, only being narrowly pipped by the Tech HEds score of 206. [The Tech HEds went on to win the overall competition]

STEM Coordinator and Physics/Electronics teacher, Miss Orla O’Donnell said:

The First® Lego ® League competition provides students with the opportunity to experience all the different tasks that real engineers have to do as part of their roles. The FLL® is an excellent way to introduce students to a career in STEM and as Cumbria is a county with a large engineering core, we were excited to get involved in this competition. We have been very fortunate to have been supported by the REACT Foundation and STEM Cumbria on our journey to the National finals, thanks to all involved.

Watch our robot in action