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First Lego League team secure Judges' Award at Regional Finals
8th February 2019

A group of Lower School pupils at Rydal Penrhos were rewarded for their exceptional commitment to a long-running project at a regional competition.

Edward Altoft, Jonathan Osbourne, Zac Hay and Scott Hewitt, Year 8 pupils at the school, have have been working hard to design and build a robot that could complete a series of complex tasks out of Lego Mindstorms.

This culminated in them testing their creation in The First Lego League, which is a global engineering challenge for children aged nine to 16.

Working under the guidance of Design and Technology department under the guidance and support of Phil Sutton and Sixth Form pupil Arend Franssens, the group had to construct their very own mechanical robot from the initial design process to the making of the product.

They put their creation to the test at the League’s Regional Finals at Ysgol John Bright in Llandudno, and thanks to their marvellous efforts, they were awarded the Judges Award for excellent all-round performance, in addition to a third-place finish in the Robot Challenge.

The theme for this year’s First Lego League was “Into Orbit” and so the challenge consisted of many different space themed challenges.

The foursome also had to prepare a presentation detailing one of the many issues people face while travelling in space and the design they had produced.

Acting Head Sally Ann Harding, said: “This is a marvellous achievement from our First Lego League Team and one that they have worked very hard to achieve.

“They have dedicated a lot of time to the project in addition to their academic studies, and it is something I know that Edward, Jonathan, Zac and Scott got an enormous amount out of.”

 

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