Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

FIRST LEGO League final draws near

17.11.2005


After more than two months of intense preparation, secondary schools across Kent are now less than two weeks away from the regional finals of the FIRST LEGO League competition, which will be held at the University of Kent’s Sports Centre (Canterbury campus) on Thursday 24 November.



FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international programme for children aged 10 – 16 years that combines a hands-on, interactive robotics programme with a sports-like atmosphere using the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System. Teams consist of 7 – 10 players with the focus on team-building, problem-solving, creativity and analytical thinking.

Each year, teams face a challenge emulating a real world event or situation and must research, plan, build, programme and test a fully autonomous robot capable of accomplishing that challenge – within eight weeks.


The theme for the 2005 competition is Ocean Odyssey; the task is to find solutions that will sustain the health, biodiversity and productivity of the world’s oceans for present and future generations. Sharks, treasure chests and an oil pipeline are some of the obstacles that teams will face in this year’s challenge for the top prize.

Participating schools for the 2005 competition include: Brockhill Park School (Hythe), Canterbury High School, Castle Community College (Deal), Chaucer Technology School (Canterbury), Clarendon House (Ramsgate), Dartford Technology College, Gravesend Grammar School, Hundred of Hoo School (Rochester), Kent College (Canterbury), King Ethelbert School (Birchington), Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, The North School (Ashford), Norton Knatchbull (Ashford), Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School (Faversham), Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys (Canterbury), Sir Roger Manwood’s School (Sandwich), St Anselm’s Catholic School (Canterbury) and St Simon Stock RC School (Maidstone).

The winners of the Kent regional final will go on to the National Finals on 21 January 2006. Over 7000 teams are taking part worldwide.

Janet Linington, Kent FLL Challenge co-ordinator and Lecturer in Computing at the University of Kent, says, ‘We are expecting to have an exciting day with ingeniously designed robots performing sophisticated feats on the challenge arenas. In this age group, students show great imagination and skill in tackling problems and enjoy being challenged. The topic of the oceans is particularly relevant for the teams as Kent is closely associated with the sea. We look forward to finding out what solutions they have found to conservation problems linked with the sea.’

Sponsored by SETPOINT Kent and Medway, the event is hosted by the Computing Laboratory and the Department of Electronics at the University of Kent.

Gary Hughes | alfa
Further information:
http://www.kent.ac.uk

More articles from Science Education:

nachricht Decision-making research in children: Rules of thumb are learned with time
19.10.2016 | Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung

nachricht Young people discover the "Learning Center"
20.09.2016 | Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH

All articles from Science Education >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Breakthrough with a chain of gold atoms

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

In the field of nanoscience, an international team of physicists with participants from Konstanz has achieved a breakthrough in understanding heat transport

Im Focus: DNA repair: a new letter in the cell alphabet

Results reveal how discoveries may be hidden in scientific “blind spots”

Cells need to repair damaged DNA in our genes to prevent the development of cancer and other diseases. Our cells therefore activate and send “repair-proteins”...

Im Focus: Dresdner scientists print tomorrow’s world

The Fraunhofer IWS Dresden and Technische Universität Dresden inaugurated their jointly operated Center for Additive Manufacturing Dresden (AMCD) with a festive ceremony on February 7, 2017. Scientists from various disciplines perform research on materials, additive manufacturing processes and innovative technologies, which build up components in a layer by layer process. This technology opens up new horizons for component design and combinations of functions. For example during fabrication, electrical conductors and sensors are already able to be additively manufactured into components. They provide information about stress conditions of a product during operation.

The 3D-printing technology, or additive manufacturing as it is often called, has long made the step out of scientific research laboratories into industrial...

Im Focus: Mimicking nature's cellular architectures via 3-D printing

Research offers new level of control over the structure of 3-D printed materials

Nature does amazing things with limited design materials. Grass, for example, can support its own weight, resist strong wind loads, and recover after being...

Im Focus: Three Magnetic States for Each Hole

Nanometer-scale magnetic perforated grids could create new possibilities for computing. Together with international colleagues, scientists from the Helmholtz Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) have shown how a cobalt grid can be reliably programmed at room temperature. In addition they discovered that for every hole ("antidot") three magnetic states can be configured. The results have been published in the journal "Scientific Reports".

Physicist Dr. Rantej Bali from the HZDR, together with scientists from Singapore and Australia, designed a special grid structure in a thin layer of cobalt in...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Booth and panel discussion – The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings at the AAAS 2017 Annual Meeting

13.02.2017 | Event News

Complex Loading versus Hidden Reserves

10.02.2017 | Event News

International Conference on Crystal Growth in Freiburg

09.02.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Stingless bees have their nests protected by soldiers

24.02.2017 | Life Sciences

New risk factors for anxiety disorders

24.02.2017 | Life Sciences

MWC 2017: 5G Capital Berlin

24.02.2017 | Trade Fair News

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>