Robotics prize for Year 7

Year 7's Lego Robotics team travelled to HP Labs in Bristol to compete in the First Lego League's Trash Trek challenge. 

The challenge encourages children to approach problems as scientists and engineers; to investigate solve and present a real-world problem.

This year's project mission is to make less trash or improve the way people handle the trash we make. The brief asked children to consider an item which is commonly thrown away and identify how it could be handled better.

Stonar pupils considered cans and bottles and were shocked to uncover statistics on the enormous numbers still thrown away, despite improvements to recycling programmes. Their proposed solution to tackling waste was to charge deposits for cans and bottles as happens in Germany, Sweden and Norway.

The Stonar team also built, tested, and programed an autonomous robot using Lego Mindstorms technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.

Overall, Stonar came 9th out of 16 for the robot challenges, scoring an excellent 247 points on their last of three sessions at the 'table'. Pupils also had to present their solution, and were comprehensively interviewed and observed throughout the day.

An important component of the challenge is to operate under the First Lego League's signature set of core values; Celebrating Discovery, Teamwork and Gracious Professionalism. The Stonar team was delighted to be awarded the Core Values prize for their close adherence to and understanding of these values.