RSM are Lego League Winners!
On Thursday 9 February ‘Razor Sharp Minds’, a team of Year 6 pupils, travelled to Haywards Heath College to compete in the Sussex Regional Final of the First LEGO League Competition. RSM were one of only two primary school competing on the day! First LEGO League challenges children in developing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills – challenging children to transfer and utilise skills used in different subjects.
During the day Razor Sharp Minds performed amazingly. The pupils demonstrated fabulous teamwork, comprehensive technical understanding, accurate and ice cool piloting of their robot and an understanding of how kinetic floor tiles work together with how we could utilise them at RSM, and other schools, to reduce our impact on the environment and enhance our sustainability. The children demonstrated their knowledge, aptitude, dedication, and hard work within each of the judged categories.
For the SUPERPOWERED Innovation Project the team identified and solved a real-world problem in how our energy is actually generated, stored, distributed and consumed. The team also built, tested, and programmed an autonomous LEGO Spike Prime robot, named Bartholomew, to solve missions in the Robot Game. The pilots, and Bartholomew, performed with precision; successfully achieving their best points score to date. Razor Sharp Minds were named the overall winners and presented with the Champions Award, the head judge informed me the team had ‘Smashed it!’. The children ‘over the moon’, Mrs Clarke and I were so so proud of them individually and as a team!
The team have worked enthusiastically under the First LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. The pupils recognise that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible on and off the playing field.
Congratulations to Joseph, Emma, Harry, Immie, Kaz, Zoe, Isaac, Thea, Jenson and Leo. The judges were extremely complementary, not just regarding their work but also their politeness and enthusiasm. Razor Sharp Minds have now qualified for the National Final in Harrogate on Saturday 22 April. Their journey continues and the children have already been reflecting to identify what they can do to improve for the UK Final.
I must thank the parents for their support; allowing the pupils to prepare at our weekly club and Saturday workshop. I would also like to thank Mrs Clark for her amazing support and coordination of the innovation project.
If you would like to know more about First Lego League, please visit the websites for more information – http://www.firstlegoleague.org / https://education.theiet.org/first-lego-league-programmes/ or see our splendid Lego Robotics Suite in Cedar House.