On Saturday the NHEHS robotics team competed in the regional round of the FIRST Lego League which took place at the offices of Bechtel in Park Royal.
The team which goes by the name of ‘Ctrl Alt Believe’ is made up of 7 students from Years 7-11 who are supported by two of the sixthformers who last year were part of the Notting Hill & Ealing team CTRLX who made it through to the finals of the same competition.
This year’s competition theme is Hydrodynamics. As well as designing and programming their robot to autonomously complete a circuit and complete as many tasks as possible in two- and-a-half minutes, the team had to prepare a technical project based on a problem associated with water and come up with a solution. Throughout they also have to demonstrate core values, as defined by the competition, which include team working and being able to work in a spirit of friendly co-operation with competing teams.
Their hard-work paid off and on Saturday the NHEHS team were overall winners of the event and received a large Lego trophy. They even picked up an additional Health and Safety award (and smaller Lego trophy) for answering some on-the-spot questions.
FIRST Lego league is an international competition involving hundreds of teams from over 80 countries and winning UK teams can progress as far as events and competitions in the USA. Having won their regional event, the next step for the NHEHS team is the national UK and Ireland round of the competition which will be held in Bristol in February.