On the 24th of February, an ambitious robotics team embarked on a journey to Birmingham, participating in the much-anticipated regional qualifiers of the First Lego League (FLL) – a prestigious international robotics competition aimed at kindling interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The competition, known for its challenging yet inspiring format, requires student teams to construct and program autonomous robots using LEGO. These robots are then put to the test on a themed playing field, where they must navigate, complete tasks, and solve problems aligned with the year’s theme. Beyond the realms of robotics, the teams engage in research and presentation of solutions to real-world problems linked to the competition’s theme, showcasing their prowess in teamwork, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving.

FLL’s ethos is to cultivate an environment of teamwork, innovation, and problem-solving, making STEM fields both fun and engaging. It aims to encourage young minds to delve into the exciting potential that these areas hold, fostering a new generation of innovators and thinkers.

Although the team did not secure a place in the national finals this year, their spirit and determination did not go unnoticed. They were honoured with the Rising Star Award, a testament to their dedication to pushing boundaries and thriving amidst new challenges. Their journey was not just about competing but also about learning, growing, and embracing the essence of innovation and teamwork.

Adding to the accolades, George H was nominated for the Coach Award by a parent, highlighting the significant impact of guidance and mentorship on the team’s journey. As the team reflects on their journey, their achievements at the FLL regional qualifiers in Birmingham stand as a beacon of their hard work, resilience, and unwavering spirit. With eyes set on the future, they continue to inspire and be a testament to the power of youth engagement in STEM.

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