Children celebrate out of this world competition

Children were sent on their very own space mission when they took part in the FIRST ® LEGO ® League competition.

Nine schools from across Leicester competed in the regional heat of the competition, which aims to challenge children to think like scientists and engineers.

Children lego champs

This year’s contest, which was called Into Orbit, saw schoolchildren asked to build, test and code an autonomous robot using Lego technology. Their robots were then put to the test and given a series of different missions on a space theme to perform.

The event was organised by #DMUlocal at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU). Student volunteers have been going into participating schools during the autumn term helping children to get their robots ready.

Prizes were awarded for teamwork, presentation skills, how well the robot was designed and best new team.


Overall winners were the Dovelands Bright Builders from Dovelands Primary School in Leicester who will now be taking their winning robot, Geoff, to the Lego League UK championships in Bristol next month.

Asked how he felt about winning, year six pupil George said: “I think it’s a dream.”

“We did the coding for Geoff,” said classmate Alfie. “It took us all last year.”


“The best bit was winning,” said Seren, also year six. “Taking part as well, but mostly winning.”

Teacher Alex Cross said: “We’re really proud of all of them. They have worked really hard, and have enjoyed the day. I’m sure they will be getting a thank you in assembly tomorrow.”


The schools taking part this year were Babington Academy, Hazel Community Primary School, Dovelands Primary, Merrydale Junior, Coleman Primary, and Willowbrook Primary Academy.

Staff from Leicester’s National Space Centre were there to talk about real-life space missions. Deputy Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, David Wilson, presented the prizes and praised the children’s efforts.

He told them: “It’s a genuine pleasure to be here. Opportunities like this can improve creative thinking, team building skills and skills that will enable you to succeed in life. You should all be very proud of yourselves.”


Amina Lunat, who organised the competition, said: “This is a great tournament that DMU host for all Leicester schools. Its a great way to raise STEM awareness using DMU students as role model to mentor teams as they prepare for the tournaments. I’d like to add our thanks to ‘FIRST® LEGO® and IET for being our partners in hosting the Leicester Lego tournament.”

The awards were:
Team with the highest score: Willowbrook
Best Newcomer: Merrydale
Best robot design presentation: Apex Predators, Babington Academy
Best team for core values: Coleman Primary
Best Project Presentation: SJS Nasa
Runner-up champions: Hazel Community Primary
Champions: Dovelands Bright Builders
Each winning team received a special LEGO ® trophy, a medal, certificate, goody bag and stickers for taking part.

Posted on Monday 21st January 2019

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