Aspiring young engineers and innovators gathered at The Word on 6th and 7th March for our annual FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge: MASTERPIECE Edition. This year’s theme, “The Art of Communication,” challenged students to explore the power of art and expression through various art forms and technology. Teams of up to 10 students, aged 9 to 16, presented their innovative solutions related to communication.

Judges evaluated the teams based on four core areas:

  1. Robot game – 2:30 min game where missions are attempted with a Lego robot

  2. Innovation project presentation – that embodied the team’s interpretation of the season’s theme.

  3. Core values – teamwork

  4. Design of a Lego robot.

All of our teams were fantastic. Many of them were new to the competition and it was a steep learning curve. The FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge provides a valuable platform for students to develop their critical thinking, problem-solving, and technological skills in a fun and engaging environment. This year’s MASTERPIECE Edition further encouraged them to explore their creativity and express themselves through the power of art and innovation.

The young people’s dedication and teamwork truly exemplified the spirit of FIRST® LEGO® League.

Here are the award winners

Wednesday 6th March 2024

Champions:  Westoe Innovators

Robot Performance: Spikey’s Team Of Engineering Masterminds Nevilles Cross or STEMNX

Robot Design: Mortimer Lego Masters

Innovation Project:  Lego Hedz – Hedworth Lane

Core Values: Team Void – Forest View

Robot Game Knockout Winners: Hedworthfield Master Builders

Judges Award: Valley View Lego Team

Thursday 7th March 2024

Champions:  Harton Primary Puzzlers

Robot Performance: Harton Primary Puzzlers

Innovation Project:  Laygate Lego League Legends

Core Values: Simonside Wannabes

Judges Award: West Boldon Westies

The champions from each day will represent our region at the national final on 20th April in Harrogate. Good Luck Harton and Westoe Crown!

The success of this competition would not have been possible without the commitment of dedicated team coaches. We appreciate the countless hours you invested in mentoring and guiding your students, helping them not only develop their technical skills but also fostering valuable life skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork.

We could not make this event happen without our amazing volunteers and our staff who do a fantastic job and we really value their time and support.

Thanks everybody! We look forward to seeing you again at next year’s FIRST® LEGO® League Competition!

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