First Lego League Regional Winners

05 December 2018

 

Since the beginning of term, two teams of boys in the 5th and 6th Form have been involved in the First Lego League. A global robotics based life skills competition for young people to work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous Lego robot to solve a series of missions. This year’s theme was ‘Into Orbit’, to identify a physical or social problem faced by humans during long-duration space exploration and propose a solution.

The competition is made up of four equal parts and also sees the robot design, a scientific project and team skills tested. Caldicott placed two teams into the competition: Sputnik, made up of 5th Form boys, and Apollo, mostly 6th Form boys.

For their projects, both teams chose to look at food in space. Earlier in the term, the boys welcomed cake designer, Mich Turner MBE, into one of their sessions where she gave them valuable insights into nutrition and what ingredients would work well without refrigeration. As a result, the teams developed different versions of granola type bars that were suitable for spaceflight.

At the beginning of December, the teams visited The American School in London to take part in the London North heat. This is one of the largest heats in the First Lego League calendar and attracts senior schools, dedicated engineering clubs and even a team from France.

In the initial robot rounds, both teams unfortunately had a poor start scoring quite low at first. However, Sputnik upped their game after some clever tweaks and pulled ahead in round two. Apollo, after scoring badly again in the second round, really rallied showing the resilience, patience and determination that the boys aspire to at Caldicott. By the third round, Apollo had their design, coding and strategy sorted and climbed to an impressive 3rd place, earning a spot in the semi-finals. This is the third successive year the school has seen a team reach this stage. Sputnik also did fantastically well and came in 9th.

Both teams put in outstanding performances explaining to the judges about their robots and projects. With the feedback noting just how effective they were at working together.

Due to their impressive project and team working skills, we are very proud to report that Caldicott Apollo were crowned Tournament Champions and have earned a place in the UK and Ireland Final held in February. They have returned to school and are already working on finding improvements.

As for team Sputnik, their robot design has been chosen to be used in the Caldicott Lego League, which will start in 4th and 5th Form classes in January. The department is up to 14 robots now, heading towards one per boy in each class.

The school is also looking forward to hosting the first FLL Junior event at Caldicott in March. All of the 3rd Form will be entered as well as welcoming external teams.

A big thank you to the parents that supported Caldicott on the day, it really helped the boys.

 

Caldicott at First Lego League London North Heat 2018

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