RSM wins the Bechtel Award the National First Lego League Championships
The IET First Lego League competition is a science and technology challenge, which is aimed at 9-16 year olds. It tasks teams to build a robot to tackle a series of missions, and create an innovative solution to a real world problem (this year the focus was on how water is found, transported and disposed of). Teams have to demonstrate their skills in robotics, computer programming, teamwork, research, problem solving and communication.
RSM fought off stiff competition at regional level in January to gain a place at the UK and Ireland final which took place in Bristol on Saturday 24 February. Their team, Razor Sharp Minds, was made up of pupils from Year 6 who had been preparing for the competition for six months.
On the day, the team performed fantastically over all the judged elements of the competition. Their robot, ‘Tank’, fulfilled its missions and the children presented their imaginative solutions to the problem of how to reduce the amount of clean mains water used, focussing on how they could utilise rainwater and recycle grey water to flush the toilet saving hundreds of pounds a year. They were delighted to receive the Bechtel Award which recognised their hard work in all sections of the competition.
Simon Williams, Director of Digital Strategy at RSM says ‘Our team, Razor Sharp Minds, is made up of pupils who are only 10 and 11 years old. They compete against teams with much older children and this hasn’t daunted them at all. They have really enjoyed preparing for the competition and their enthusiasm is fantastic. I am so proud of them’. RSM have a strong history of success in Lego competitions and have been finalists four times in recent years.