ROVOP, the subsea robotics company, is supporting two teams from St Margaret’s School for Girls in the FIRST LEGO League, a competition aimed at encouraging school children to apply science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to solve a real-world problem through the use of LEGO.
Teams design, build and program LEGO Education MINDSTORMS EV3 robots to perform autonomous ‘missions’ on a playing field, this year’s theme being ‘cityscapes’. The children then develop solutions to a problem inspired by the theme.
ROVOP’s Lee Wilson, Denise Davies and John Polson are mentoring the two teams as they prepare for the local competition in December, offering technical knowledge to assist the girls during the design and building process, as well as supporting them with their group values and project presentation.
FIRST is a not-for-profit public charity created to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology and to encourage education and career opportunities in STEM fields. FIRST LEGO League is an alliance between FIRST and the LEGO Group and is an international competition for students aged nine to 16 years. The children work out solutions to the various problems they are given, whilst being guided by the six FIRST core values: inclusion, discovery, innovation, impact, teamwork and fun.
David Lamont, CEO at ROVOP said: “The inaugural LEGO League aims to encourage diversity in the robotics industry, getting youngsters involved in STEM subjects at school age. ROVOP recognises that the development of young talent is vital for the future of the robotics industry, and we are delighted to be involved in this fantastic initiative.
“Our team are relishing the opportunity to pass on their own passion for the robotics and engineering industry. We wish both teams from St Margaret’s all the best!”