Two schools in Sheffield have the technology, and the brainpower to beat the rest, they have proven.
Both the Greenhill Gizmos and the Dore Diodes scored spectacular wins in regional heats of the worldwide FIRST Lego League.
For the second year the Greenhill Gizmos won the Robot Game Award (for scoring the most points) and were overall Regional Winners in Sheffield, competing against 13 secondary schools. They will move forward to the UK and Ireland Nationals on February 21 2016.
Their team consisted of five members who were part of last year’s regional winning team and who represented the UK at the world festival in the USA, as well as some new faces from Greenhill Primary School.
The Gizmos’ project focussed on refilling empty glue stick packaging using home made glue recipes, and repurposing them as giant wax crayons for younger children.
Sister team the Dore Diodes, competing for the first time from Dore Primary School, won the best Robot Design award outright, competing against 16 secondary schools and one other primary in the Bradford Regional. They were highly commended for their project which identified the recycling labels on packaging as a source of confusion and presented a solution that used smart phone technology to help.
Dore team coach Alexander Percy said: “We are very proud of both teams and want to celebrate their hard work.
“The children were particularly excited by trying to solve problems that adults can’t. There is a strong ethos of collaborating and building on team-mates’ ideas. It’s a superb way to encourage boys and girls to think about STEM career paths as they move on to secondary school.”
Teams had to design, build and programme robots to complete challenges, and present innovative solutions to real world problems. This year’s theme is recycling.