INS supports Ormsgill School’s entry into First Lego League

This year INS sponsored Ormsgill Nursery & Primary school in Barrow to take part in the First Lego League.

First Lego League is a global and science technology challenge for teams of 9 – 16 year olds, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. The children work together to explore a given topic and to design, build and program an autonomous Lego robot to solve a series of missions.

The theme this year was ‘Into Orbit’ and the children had to identify a problem faced during a long duration space exploration, research the issues and propose a solution.

As well as providing the Lego kit and software for the school, INS also provided support and mentoring to the children. Alex Hartley, Design Engineer and Nuclear Graduate George Burnett, travelled up to Barrow and spent time with the children, helping to build the different Lego elements, and to programme the robot.

Laura Reid, Maths and ICT Coordinator at Ormsgill School, said: “STEM subjects are a key part of our curriculum. We want the children to be inspired and keen to get involved in these subjects. Being able to use the Lego was a massive hook for the children, and they were really keen to get involved. We’re extremely grateful for the support from INS”.

The regional tournament was held at Furness College and saw 28 teams of school children compete over two days, for the chance to represent Cumbria at the national final in Bristol.

The “Ormsgill Squad” were awarded the Sir John Fisher Foundation trophy, for the success they managed to pull off within a small timeframe. The children competed in three head to head matches, programming their robot to complete different missions. They also delivered a presentation on an issue of their choice and how they would resolve it.

Throughout the competition, the schools were judged based on First Lego League’s core values including discovery, innovation and teamwork.

Fran Ward, Co-Director of C-Stem, organisers of the Lego League contest in Furness, said: “The children were fantastic”. First Lego League enables them to learn about communication and team work, and C-Stem’s goal is to encourage interest in STEM subjects.