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Pupils take part in Lego tournament at Park Air Systems in Market Deeping which promotes science and technology subjects




More than 100 pupils participated in a tournament to build robots made out of Lego.

Now in its 15th year the First Lego League City Shaper is focused on global science and technology for children between nine and 16-years-old, helping them to develop key skills for future careers.

The league promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills development with the goal to bring these skills to life and demonstrate their value in society.

The Lincolnshire regional tournament was held at Park Air Systems Limited, a Northrop Grumman company, in Market Deeping, on Saturday and attracted teams from across the region including pupils from The Deepings School, Market Deeping Community Primary School, South View Community Primary School in Crowland, Ken Stimpson Community School,Spalding Grammar School, Spalding High School, Ormiston Bushfield Academy and Kettering Science Academy.

Staff from Park Air volunteered to work with the engineers of tomorrow at their facility and demonstrate how these skills can lead to exciting careers in engineering and technology industries.

With its highest attendance yet, pupils from three primary and nine secondary schools have participated in this year’s challenge.

Teams designed a robot to complete missions under the theme of architecture and the spaces we live in.

Each were judged on a number of core topics: design, problem solving, teamwork, and their robots’ ability to complete missions.

Each robot is an individual design, and is the result of months of hard work and dedication.The teams must demonstrate their engineering skills by completing as many missions as possible within two and a half minutes, then make a range of presentations not only to a panel of judges but to other Lego League teams.

Fiona Thompson, managing director of Park Air Systems, said: “These STEM initiatives are great at bringing people together and helping youth develop essential engineering skills from a young age.

“The enthusiasm we’ve seen today is only a glimpse of the effort to goes in to each of these projects, and we are proud to support the league and host this tournament for the fifth time.”

The winner of the tournament was the Future Creators team from the Deepings School.

The team will now go on to participate in the England and Wales national final competition, University of West of England Exhibition and Conference Centre, Bristol, on February 22, against 65 other teams from across England and Wales.

If successful, they will move on to the World International finals, held in America.

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