Caldicott Boys Compete again in the First Lego League Robotics Competition

16 January 2020

 

After a successful First Lego League competition in the Autumn Term with boys in Year 8, it was now the turn of the Year 6 and 7 teams to showcase their skills.

Caldicott had three teams competing in the Oxford Heat at the Rutherton Appleton Laboratories. It was their first time taking part in the World’s biggest STEAM competition competing against 20 other teams.

Throughout the competition, the boys needed to demonstrate their robotic skills, their innovative architecture projects and show they understood the League’s Core Values. Namely their ability to work effectively as a team whilst still having fun, being inclusive, learning new things and having an impact. Something Caldicott boys know and demonstrate on a regular basis at school: being an all-rounder with the charisma and grit to succeed.

All the teams were impressive on the day and overcame early setbacks to put in great performances. Caldibot, a Year 7 team, impressed the judges and brought home one of the three main awards: Core Values.

When combined with the earlier Year 8 successes, it means that this year the school has won in each of the main award categories: Robotic Design, Innovative Project and Core Values, showing just how well rounded Caldicott’s First Lego League experience has been.

This year, the teams have reached out and received truly expert guidance from leading institutions including Yale University, the Science Museum, Kew Gardens, the RHS, Science Oxford, the Catalyst Centre and the Eden Project. This interaction has made the learning and quality of the boys’ understanding really meaningful. Closer to home, the boys were also fortunate to have great architectural insights from Architect Rebecca Querstret.

Due to high demand within robotics and programming at school, a team in Year 6 also competed for the first time this year. This has meant the school’s number of competing teams had an increase from two to five teams overall. Which is great to see and a testament to the boys' enthusiasm with the subject.

The attention now switches to the unique Caldicott Lego League where each boy in Year 6 will take part competing on newly designed mats; Year 5 and Year 7 will compete in an open competition amongst themselves and the school will also be hosting the second First Lego League Junior heat on behalf of the IET in May.

Alongside traditional subjects, coding and robotics are at the forefront of the computing curriculum at Caldicott, helping to prepare the boys in becoming global citizens in the future.

 

Caldicott boys compete in the First Lego League

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