Oliver Warke and David Clinton lead the team from Dalriada School to victory in the special “Consistent Performance” category in the 2013 Northern Ireland FIRST® LEGO® League challenge which took place this week at W5 in Belfast. Also pictured are sponsors W5’s Aideen Johnson and Keith Chambers from IET Dalriada School are saving the world – one LEGO® block at a time… Student innovation took centre stage this week when W5 and the IET welcomed over 150 pupils from schools across Northern Ireland to the sixth annual Northern Ireland FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge in the inspiring surroundings of Northern Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre.
The 2013 NATURE’S FURY Challenge saw more than 228,000 children, aged 9 to 16, from over 80 countries explore awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and other natural disasters. 17 enthusiastic teams from across Northern Ireland competed over the course of the day to discover what could be done when intense natural events affect where we live, work, and play. In a day of hotly contested robot battles, inspiring presentations and rousing chants by supporters, the energetic team from Dalriada School under the mentorship of Kenny McAnearney from NIE, emerged triumphant as the undisputed winners of the Consistent Performance category which was not surprising given the energy and creativity the team invested into all elements of the challenge. Judith Harvey, General Manager of W5 commented “W5 is delighted to be involved again with FIRST® LEGO® League. The initiative is a fantastic collaboration between business and education and it helps develop young peoples’ employability skills and help them think like scientists and engineers while providing a fun, creative, hands-on learning experience.