On Tuesday 6th December, members of the school’s Robot Team took part in the regional heat of the First Lego League Robotics competition at the Daresbury Laboratories, near Warrington.
The event is organised in the UK by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, but is a worldwide competition.
Team members Henry, James, Tom, Chris and Antoni had spent their free time preparing for the competition since it was launched at the start of September. In addition to building a robot to complete a set of challenges the team also had to prepare a presentation on this year’s theme which was “Into Orbit”.
The boys researched and developed a presentation on how algae could be grown on Mars to enable the production of hydrogen and oxygen to make rocket fuel that could be used to enable the deeper exploration of space. The presentation was highly praised by the judges in relation to the originality of the concept and the quality of the research the boys had completed.
In the afternoon, the robot competition took place with the boys competing in a league against other schools from the area. After a disappointing result in the first round, the robot performance improved and ultimately the boys won the robot league, with the highest score of the day on the robot table.
At the end of the day, the BGS team were awarded the trophy for the best designed robot and also the trophy for the overall competition winners. They will now go on to take part in the UK and Ireland final of the competition in Bristol in February, for the fourth year in a row.