On December 3rd, American School in London. 29 teams assembled in a buzzing venue with giant screens, loud music, a lot of cleverly assembled Lego robots and 11 excited Caldicott boys. They were taking part in First Lego League, an international team competition for people aged 9 to 16 with a Science and Robotics theme. Competitions take place in 88 countries with 32,000 teams and 255,000 participants. The world finals are held in the US each year.
As it was our first time we kept things simple. Nimble robots, clear targets and a have fun and learn attitude. To our surprise and delight the Caldicott Red team lead the robot challenge all morning, with a valiant fight back by Caldicott Blue seeing them in third after two rounds. At lunch a Caldicott vs Caldicott semi-final seemed likely until some great late performances by our competitors edged us into 5th and 6th places.
Our highlights of the day were taking part in a great competition with a very American feel thanks to our hosts at ASL, bringing back so much knowledge for next time and of course being awarded the tournament's Core Values Trophy (awarded for being gracious competitors and great team players).
In January we launch the Caldicott Lego League. A competition to find our best roboteers and an excuse to play with Lego until the 2017 FLL heats.