Over the past few weeks, a group of year six children have worked incredibly hard to take part in a First Lego League Replay challenge competition. We worked in two teams ‘Da Builders’ and ‘Spiky Replay Legends’ to complete many of the challenges and missions. 

FIRST® LEGO® League introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to children ages 4-16 through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Learners gain real-world problem solving experience through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together. Their three divisions inspire youth to experiment and grow their critical thinking, coding, and design skills through hands-on STEM learning and robotics.

Each of us were challenged to build missions from a pull up bar to a treadmill, following detailed instructions. This was extremely challenging and required a lot of perseverance and collaboration. We then carefully placed these missions on the game mat. Then working collaboratively, we needed to construct a robot to accomplish many of these missions, earning points as it moved around the game mat. Next we used our coding skills to program the robot to move around the game mat and complete the mini missions scoring points for precision and accuracy. 

Today we participated in a regional First Lego League competition. First we joined the welcome ceremony to introduce experts in their field as the judges and to tell us all about our exciting day ahead. We presented our innovation project which detailed how we would improve our school environment to encourage other learners to be more physically active. Next up was the official refereeing of our robot missions. We needed to complete our mission in the given time, without any errors. It was a nerve racking two and a half minutes and you couldn’t hear a pin drop! Both of our teams did really well under the pressured circumstances and both Miss Shepherd and Mrs Robinson were extremely proud of them.

Finally, we joined the closing ceremony where Da Builders were awarded the Motivation Award for our team work and positive attitude. Spiky Replay Legends received the Core Values Award for demonstrating excellent skills and representing Lego League’s ethos and philosophy. We certainly have engineers of the future in our midst. 

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