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Lego Robotics STEM Club Success at National Finals

After school club enters national competition.

Final design of Lego robotOur Year 7 STEM club* have been busy during session 6 building a Lego robot. They had to design their robot to complete a series of 7 space missions. The students spent many weeks perfecting their design and then working on programming it so it correctly moved around the space themed floor mat. The students also worked together to research into possible uses of robots in space and produced a presentation on 3 different types of robot. The STEM club team were entered in to a National competition called the Tomorrow’s Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge. The regional heat for the competition was at RAF Cosford museum and in the week before the students worked extra hard to ensure the robot was performing as well as it could.

There were four challenges to complete:

  • Lego robot challenge—space missions
  • A presentation on space robots
  • A discussion with the judges about their robot design
  • Teamwork challenge—building an air powered K-NEX car

The students were fantastic in all four challenges. The practise paid off as the robot performed perfectly and scored full marks on both attempts. The team were excellent at presenting their research about space. They shared some fantastic ideas about how robots could help humans in the future.

They knew they had done well in the robot space missions but they had to wait until the end of the day before the results were in from all four challenges. They were overjoyed to find out they were the overall winners, this meant they had a place in the National Final at the NEC in Birmingham. They had a week to make some small improvements to their presentation before competing against teams from all over the country.

The students were again fantastic at the National Finals and although they didn’t win the overall prize, they did win another trophy for the robot challenge section of the competition.

A fantastic success for all team members.