Two schools in Franklin took part in the New Zealand FIRST LEGO League Animal Allies Championships held at ACG Strathallan in Karaka on Saturday 2 September.
School students aged nine to 16 were invited to design, build and program autonomous Lego Mindstorms robots, and create innovative solutions to a real world problem as part of their research project.
Gizmos and Gadgets from Pukekohe Christian School won the award for Core Values-Gracious Professionalism, while the Glenbrook Mindstormers from Glenbrook School received the award for Robot Design-Strategy and Innovation. Team Antimatter, an independent team from Pukekohe won the Mechanical Design award.
Lysandra Stewart, principal of Glenbrook School said the students showed great perseverance in the team challenges and robotics challenges, “They took feedback from the referees and coaches and this was applied into the next challenge,” she said. “It was a fantastic opportunity to show our parents how learning can be integrated with healthy competition within teams.”
The First Lego League has been operating for nine years in New Zealand, while the global programme sees more than 230,000 children participate worldwide.