UWE Bristol stages national Lego finals

February 28 2017

ASPIRING young roboticists and engineers will gather at UWE this weekend to compete in the national finals of a Lego-based robotics contest.

ASPIRING young roboticists and engineers will gather at UWE this weekend to compete in the national finals of a Lego-based robotics contest.

Teams of students aged 9-16 will participate in the FIRST Lego League competition held at the university’s Frenchay campus.

The science and technology challenge – which runs across the globe - invites teams to solve a real-world problem with the help of a robot made from Lego. 

Academics from UWE will be among the judges, while undergraduate students from the university will help direct the 50 teams around the venue during the event on Sunday February 26. 

More than 400 young people and their families are expected to fill the conference centre for the event, which will see the winners of heats held across the UK and Ireland compete for prizes and a place in the contest’s international finals.

Teams must this year identify a real-world problem with the way humans interact with animals, investigate it and create an innovative solution. They will design, build and program an autonomous Lego robot to tackle a series of animal-related missions. 

Teams will be seeking to impress the judges with their advanced robotics and computer programming skills, as well as their project and core value skills such as good communication and teamwork. 

UWE’s Computer Science and Creative Technologies department will present a prize to the team behind the most innovative solution to the challenge. A tour of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory – based at Frenchay campus – is also among the prizes up for grabs.

The competition is an alliance between FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology) and Lego, with the Institution of Engineering and Technology the operational partner for the competition in the UK and Ireland.