College sets out stage for Lego robots

A number of teams from across the Islands gathered on Thursday 30 January 2020 at Lews Castle College to participate in the First Lego League “City Shaper” Western Isles Regional Tournament.

The competition which is staged around the world, is for children ranging from 9-16 years old and was the culmination of months of hard work (and fun!) where they had been building and programming their Lego Mindstorm robots and carrying out a research project.

The robots were brought to the tournament to battle it out in “Robot Challenge” games on a pre-built Lego area with numerous obstacles that the robots had been programmed to work on.

The whole day was very entertaining not only for the kids but also those in attendance.

The competition is aimed at equipping school children with STEM related knowledge and skills as well instilling the core values of teamwork, innovation, fun, discovery and inclusion.

The Overall Winners of the competition were the Stornoway Air Cadets and as a result of the high level of the competition both they and the second placed team from Sir E Scott school will be participating in the National Finals which are held in Perth on 29 February 2020 where teams will compete for places in world finals in either Greece, America or Brazil.

For more information on the event visit the Insitution of Engineering and Technology website.