More than 20 teams of students travelled from as far as Mount Magnet in the State’s Mid West to St Stephen’s School’s Carramar Campus to take part in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) last weekend (Saturday, November 4).
After weeks of research, building and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots to complete challenges related to this year’s Hydro Dynamics theme, the day had come for the teams to show off their skills. St Stephen’s School entered four teams into the League, two from the Duncraig Campus and two from Carramar. Their patience and problem-solving skills were tested, with two of our team’s bringing home bright yellow LEGO trophies.The Carramar Primary team, H20 Bots, earned the Core Values Inspiration Award, which recognised the team who best demonstrated teamwork, mutual respect, excellence and innovation – all in line with the FIRST program’s core values.
“This is such a fantastic award for the H20 Bots to bring home,” St Stephen’s School Principal Mrs Donella Beare said. “The values it celebrates align with those of the School and it is really rewarding to see our students recognised for the attributes we aim to instill alongside their learning.”Carramar Secondary team, Brik Pak, took home the Research Award; judges impressed with the level of thought, planning and ingenuity shown in the team’s overall presentation.
“The amount of work, time and effort that Brik Pak, and all of our teams, put into their projects was incredible,” Mrs Beare said.
“They had all not only mastered the programming and presentation skills but the teamwork and support they showed their own teams and visiting teams was something they should all should be proud – I know we all are!”
The event drew the crowds who gathered to see our next generation of talent. They cheered and held their breath in anticipation as teams were tested under timed conditions in the Robot Game.
It was a team from Perth Modern School (Perth Mod 1) who won the overall Championship Award, with groups from Padbury and Poseidon Primary School also offered places in the national competition.
“The competition, presented by Curtin University, gave our students a great opportunity to explore how STEM skills are used to solve everyday issues,” Mrs Beare said.
“The fact that the students are involved in every step of the process, from identifying a problem, looking at ways to solve it and putting that into practice through robotics
gives them a great sense of achievement,” St Stephen’s School Carramar Head of Primary Mr Ronan Philpott said.
“The STEM skillset can lead students down a range of pathways for their future and developing these skills through interactive learning events like the FLL puts them in good stead to thrive in the real world,” St Stephen’s School Carramar Head of Secondary Mr Brett Roberts said.
Curtin University Dean of Engineering Professor Tony Lucey said the FIRST LEGO League was a great opportunity for young students to engage in engineering science and learn about robotics.
“The competition not only allows young students to undertake engineering work, but it also gives them the opportunity to collaborate as part of a team and demonstrate critical values such as care, respect and professionalism.” Professor Lucey said.
Mrs Beare congratulated all the teams on their performance and professionalism.
“Although there were winning teams at the end of the day, I think all the students, coaches, volunteers and everyone involved should be really proud of how they have approached the process, showing great teamwork and sportsmanship,” Mrs Beare said.
The next FLL events will be held at Comet Bay College on November 11 and Curtin University on November 12. Learn more at firstlegoleague.org.