On Thursday 16th January our Y6 Lego Team competed in the regional tournament of the First Lego League 2020: City Shapers.
Our pupils were busy from the moment of arrival, with the mantra ‘kids do the work’ in action! Emotions were fraught in the first robot performance round, with a failed motor leaving the bots in futile doughnuts causing much upset and the team gaining only 65 points. However, everyone rallied round to think up solutions, working hard in the limited time to replace motors and get the second back-up robot up to speed with the right coding. The hard work paid off with an improved score of 145 in the second round, and a perfect 305 in the third. The final score earned the Heywood Eco Architects 5th place, moving up to 4th in the quarter-finals – a great achievement when the competing teams were made up of children in Year 7 and above.
The team also worked hard on a STEM-based project in which they had to solve a problem related to this year’s theme: City shapers. Their innovative idea to harness social media to bring about change to city air quality impressed the judges, using moss as an alternative to trees in compact urban areas demonstrated their efforts to learn about the problems caused by congested city centres, winning 1st place in the project category. Well done Eco-Architects!