Girls take Lego into outer space
Redmaids’ High Junior School is buzzing after a win in the regional round of the First Lego League earning pupils a place in the national final.
It’s been over 20 years since the FLL was founded, turning one of the most successful toys into a scientific tool for learning.
As part of this year’s theme of ‘Into Orbit’, the school’s Year 5 and 6 Robotics Club pupils were set a challenge of exploration and innovation in the vast expanse of space, to solve a real-world problem by building, testing and programing an autonomous robot using Lego Mindstorms technology.
Head teacher Lisa Brown said: "I am immensely proud of the team and they should be delighted with their performance. From the very start, our girls learn that there is nothing to stop them from aiming high and achieving success, challenging typical stereotypes of male dominated subjects."
Taking part in the competition enables pupils to develop their skills of programming, problem solving, teamwork and perseverance, and an opportunity for girls to be represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths.
Miranda from Year 6 said: “The Lego League experience was great fun. It was brilliant to go along to the competition and see so many future engineers working together and getting along. The team made us feel really welcome, even by hiring a comedian and arranging a balloon parade!”
The UK and Ireland final was taking place in Bristol on February 16.