European LEGO Competition

A school with a national reputation for success in a major Lego competition has done it again.

The Year 6 team from New Lodge School returned from the First Lego league UK finals in Birmingham having won one of the categories and being placed third overall.

By winning the award for their research project, the 10 New Lodge pupils qualify for the European championships in Norway at the end of May.

Their success follows similar achievements in the competition over recent years, but it is especially poignant this year  as it will be the last time New Lodge takes part.

Dwindling numbers in the pre-prep department of the Chichester Road school means New Lodge will close at the end of the school year.

However, all that was put to one side by the team of 10 and 11 year olds as they competed with more than 400 others in the competition designed to promote engineering, science and technology skills.

This year’s challenge required teams to design, build and program Lego robots to complete missions related to nano technology.

They also had to research and give a presentation about the potential uses of nano technology in the future.

Head teacher Sandy Watt said: “The Lego robotics challenge has always been an exciting and exhilarating part of school life for pupils.

“We are absolutely thrilled the team has won a place in the European championships.

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