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S1 Girls Win First Lego League Trophy

6 March 2019 | Tagged: Senior School

Following on from the success of six Second and First Year boys in winning the 'Best Designed Robot' trophy at the First Lego League Scottish heats back in December, five First Year girls pupils repeated the trophy-winning feat in the regional heats at West Lothian College on Saturday 2nd February.

First Lego League is an annual competition that issues a challenge to teams of school-age participants based on a real-world scientific topic. Each challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Teams participate in the challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field, developing a solution to a problem they have identified, all guided by the FIRST Core Values.

Prior to the competition, team 'GLEMP' (an acronym formed from the names of the girls taking part - Georgia Bell, Louise Mitchell, Emma Rossetter, Mhairi Stevenson and Poppy Campbell) had sought feedback on their project from trainee space doctor Dr Christina Mackaill of Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and Dr J D Polk, the Chief Medical Officer of NASA.

The experts were impressed and so were the judges on the day, who commented that the project idea was "outstanding", before awarding the girls the trophy for 'Best Project'. The girls were also commended for the confident presentation of their ideas, their great attitude towards the task in the face of setbacks, their adherence to the core values set of the FLL competition and their excellent teamwork skills throughout the day.

Although they were unable to win the heat, the girls had a great time competing and were praised by Computing teacher Mr David Muir, who guides the teams through the First Lego League competitions. He said: "I am very proud of the girls. They were a credit to the school and themselves."

Time to plan for next year's competition!

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