First Lego League – UK and Ireland Finals - Bristol University 16th Feb 2019
After winning the regional finals back in December, 9 students from Selston High School took a self-designed Lego robot and a space project to Bristol University to compete in the First Lego League UK and Ireland Championships. This formed part of the First Lego league competition which is a global science and technology competition involving over 320,000 young people each year. In the competition the students researched a real-world problem and this year the ‘Into Orbit’ theme saw them researching how travel and life in space could be improved for all involved.
On the day of the competition ‘Selston Infinity’ performed exceptionally well and showed many of the FLL core values of teamwork, friendship and gracious professionalism whilst having fun at the same time. During the day the team were quizzed about both their project and robot design by leaders in their fields of engineering and robotics at the University along with professionals from the Institute of Engineering and Technology. They also had to compete in the exciting robot game where the robot has to autonomously complete a series of tasks, including launching satellites into orbit and collecting rock samples, to score valuable points.
After a discussion with an astrophysicist at Nottingham University they decided to focus their project around a fabric called Polygiene which uses silver technology to repel smells and odours. The idea being that astronauts could therefore wear the special fabrics longer and take less clothes to space, saving on valuable weight and the cost of transport. The project involved carrying out tests on the fabric as well as liaising with companies, like Rab, who use it in their sports and mountaineering equipment.
The students managed to get to the quarter finals of the robot mission and in the end came 8th place out of the 60 schools attending on the day. This was a great achievement for the whole team in what will be for some of them the last year they can enter due to age restrictions.
The coach Mr Mckinlay, Subject leader for Computer science and ICT, was very proud of all the students involved and is now looking to recruit a new team for September 2019.
This years the team comprised of Harvey Tatton, Ryan Clark, Leo Smith, Luke Lowe, Dominic Kelly, Zoe-Louise Currier, Leah Roberts, Dylan Tatton and Kurtis Nogueira.