Yesterday two teams of our Year 5s took part in the Cornwall finals of the FIRST LEGO League Competition. For months these teams have been working hard with coding, building, researching, creating, designing, innovating and presenting ideas.
All of that hard work was celebrated yesterday in two incredible performances at the Finals. Both teams absolutely excelled themselves and demonstrated just how confident and creative they are.
We saw presentations that the judges were blown away by, robot performances that I think would rival any other team in the country and levels of teamwork and fun that really allowed each and every student to shine.
I’m thrilled (and very proud) to announce that our team from Class 11 (the Creative Coders) were the overall winners in the whole of Cornwall, beating 25 other Primary and Secondary schools. They have now been invited to the National Finals where they will be able to compete against the very best teams in the country.
The team from Class 12 (the LEGO Leaders) also got an incredible achievement, winning the Robot Performance award for achieving a staggering 345 points during the competition. They also finished in 4th place overall – another incredible achievement for our students.
Below you’ll find lots of lovely photos, quotes from the judges and some stories of just how well the teams embraced the challenges on the day. I do hope you enjoy reading about it just as much as we enjoyed taking part in it!
Lastly a massive well done to our teams – Ada, Amélie, Caio, Ernie, Ethan, Felix, Georgia, Ivy, James B, James S, Jenna, Miles, Piran and Sienna!
Team Creative Coders
Class 11: Sienna, Amélie, Piran, Ethan, Ernie, Georgia and Felix
Creative Coders have been working hard on their Robot Design and Code for the past few months and have been sharing ideas and knowledge with each other throughout the process. For their 2 and a half minute competition run they ended up with a very impressive score of 270 points.
They had to code some really complicated algorithms for their robot to work, including one that took the robot (named Cookies and Beans) all around the game table to earn points from some very hard to reach obstacles.
In order to reach this score they continually improved and refined their code to ensure that each mission was a success.
Robot Games Practice Run (with commentary for judges)
This team really shone when it came to demonstrating the Core Values of Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork and Fun. They receives top scores from the judges in all but one of the categories and earned some glowing feedback:
“Each team member had different skills and got the chance to shine.”
“When we finished calling you, our faces hurt from smiling so much. Your fun was infectious!”
“We really can’t fault your team. You had so much enthusiasm and great team work.”
For the Innovation Project this team were inspired by a virtual trip to an Amazon Warehouse. They were concerned that large pallets loaded with cardboard boxes were suddenly being wrapped in huge sheets of plastic wrap.
They researched the problem, considered a variety of solutions (including building their own earthquake simulator to see how to best secure their pallet of 3D-printed boxes) and eventually came up with a very clever solution.
The judges loved this and said: “We thought it was great that you tried out paper, card, bubblewrap, string, and other materials, and showed clear improvement.”
Finally, team Creative Coders shared a presentation with the judges that showed their journey through the competition. From coding the robot to planning which tasks to complete first, the team demonstrated their awesome progress in a way where it was clear that every single child was involved in the success of the team.
“Each team member was give a chance to shine and explain their bit of the task, and you went above and beyond in making everyone involved.”
Team LEGO Leaders
Class 12: Ivy, Jenna, Ada, James S, James B, Miles and Caio
Wow! That’s all I can say about this teams Robot Games performance. Problem solving, refinement, patience and a lot of hard work have all been key ingredients in the LEGO Leaders success.
Together they achieved an utterly incredible score of 345 points – far beyond anything we could ever have imagined.
By attempting a total of 7 different missions (some completing more than one task at a time) this team smashed all expectations and got a well deserved award for 1st place as the highest scoring robot team in Cornwall!
An incredible feat, well done team!
Robot Games Practice Run (with commentary for judges)
The judges described LEGO Leaders as being a “very well accomplished team with clear roles and responsibilities”. We completely agree. From the very beginning this team has been impressive to watch. The way they problem solve together, delegate tasks and share ideas really is inspirational.
Not only that but they’ve become close friends through this process and describe how they all were able to overcome challenges and barriers by co-operating, listening to each others points of view and then reaching a solution that worked for all.
For their Innovation Project, the team were horrified to find images of donkeys being overworked and under looked-after. Large mountains of cargo weighed down donkeys backs and caused them pain and suffering. LEGO Leaders decided to take it upon themselves to create a solution to this problem.
By researching online, asking experts and considering a number of options the team eventually decided to protect donkeys by creating a set of rules for donkey owners to abide by. Proper living conditions, weight limits for cargo and more were all considered.
The judges were blown away by their presentation and were glad that such an important issue had been bought to the forefront of their minds.
Our judges really loved this teams Robot, Rocky, and were incredibly impressed by hearing how the code worked and the lengths they’d gone to in order to refine and improve the robot.
The team detailed their process for designing attachments and their overall mission strategy.
The judges remarked that it was “absolutely clear that the team worked very well together and had a lot of fun overcoming the challenges along the way”.