On 11 December, ten Year 10 computer science students and a Lower Sixth mentor visited the University of Kent to take part in the First Lego League Competition. Organised by Mrs Walsh, this was Woldingham’s first time participating in the competition, which takes place in numerous venues across the country throughout November, December and January.
Our students have been working hard to program Lego robots to solve problems such as moving blocks, lifting cranes and flicking switches. They also had to create and pitch a presentation on an environmental problem which engineering could be used to solve. Woldingham’s team, named ‘Trial and Error’, chose to look at flooding and how super-absorbent compounds could be utilised in emergency areas.
There was stiff competition from other teams but, despite initial issues with programming the robot, the girls were resilient and worked together as a team in a positive and supportive way. Woldingham’s team managed to win two of the four trophies – one for Core Values, which recognised the excellent teamwork and communication skills ‘Trial and Error’ displayed, and the second for the Project, rewarding the team’s innovative solution to flooding.
We all had a brilliant time and are really looking forward to next year’s competition and a new theme.
Mr Tom Rattle, Head of Computer Science