Children win robot tournament
Frenchay's winning team
YOUNG engineers from a primary school won their way through to a national competition.
Team Jeremy from Frenchay Primary School was crowned the winner of the Champion’s Award in the First Lego League Bristol tournament in June.
The team took on six other schools from the area, including nearby Hambrook Primary School, in the event run virtually by Whirlpool Corporation, which provided new LEGO SPIKE Prime Robots for the children to work with.
The tournament was part of a global competition involving 38,800 teams with more than 310,000 children across 100 countries.
The contest aims to develop children’s abilities and interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects, and give them a wide range of skills they can use in the future.
The challenge focused on the importance of play and being more active, with teams competing to design and play 15 competitive games with their robots.
They were also given an innovation challenge to identify a problem and come up with a solution to present to the judges.
Each team was also judged on their 'core values', shown in how well they worked together on the tasks.
Each school made live recordings of its challenges which were submitted online and judged by a panel of industry-based experts.
The teams were all made up of primary school children aged from nine to 11 and led by either a member of school staff or a parent, and put in months of time and preparation to the challenge.
As the overall winners, Team Jeremy got to compete in a national final and were also invited for a tour and hands-on experience of Whirlpool's UK manufacturing centre in Yate, where the firm makes tumble dryers.
The school was also given £1,000 worth of Whirlpool appliances for its own use.
Whirlpool spokesperson Ian Moverley said: "It is fantastic that the tournament has been able to go ahead this year; a tremendous achievement for all teams involved considering the challenges and Covid-19 related issues faced by all schools this past year."
Frenchay head teacher Katherine Marks said: "It was an amazing effort by Mrs Price and the children in Team Jeremy."