The Year 8 students, who are part of Budehaven’s popular Lego Club, entered this international competition back in September and have been working hard to prepare for their regional heat since.
Competitors were asked to research a ‘real world’ problem in the human water cycle and then they were challenged to develop a solution to the problem. They also had to design, build and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology, which they then used to compete against other teams on a table-top playing field.
Team Deep Thought (as the students have named themselves) competed against eight other teams in a day-long event, and were eventually crowned overall champions for the Devon and Cornwall region.
The judges were particularly impressed with how the team had overcome adversity to get to the competition. Their Lego Club leader, science teacher Steve Bardsley, suffered a broken neck in a cycling accident in November. He has been recuperating at home for the last eight weeks but has been greatly missed by his Lego Club students.
Without Steve coaching the team, they students had to really pull together to ensure they were ready to compete and enlisted the support of parents to help along the way. Our very best wishes go to Steve for his complete recovery.
The judges were also impressed with Team Deep Thought’s competition project which outlined the teams plans to rid Budehaven School of single use water bottles, which they strongly feel should not be sold at the school.
The students have shared their ideas with local environmental organisations including The Environment Agency, Bude Cleaner Seas Project and the 2-minute Beach Clean, who all gave their full support to Team Deep Thought and their project.
FIRST LEGO League was established in 1998 to engage children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology.
The next stop for the team is the UK & Ireland National Finals being held at the University of West England in Bristol next month, where the team will compete against 54 other teams
Team consisted of Dan, Arne, Kai, Bea, Isaac and Marlo.