In December, the Robotics Club competed in the finals of the First Lego League tournament at W5, SSE Arena. This is an international competition; in which teams from around the globe research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design; build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.
It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply computer science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges.
Dalriada’s original concept – the ‘Can Crusher’, was well accepted by the judges and each member of the team gained valuable experience in delivering a talk in front of a panel of experts! Also, their fine skills of robotic programming were on display as their own robot performed well to gain them 190 points on the competition table. Although they didn’t get into the UK finals in England, all members of the robotics club had a memorable time and really enjoyed the whole experience. It all starts again next August!