The Deepings School pupils win Lego competition

Lego challenge'Photo: Lee Hellwing
Lego challenge'Photo: Lee Hellwing
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A team of pupils from The Deepings School were crowned regional champions in a competition to build robots out of Lego bricks.

Park Air Systems in Market Deeping hosted the regional competition on Saturday with about 60 pupils from seven schools across Stamford, Bourne, the Deepings, Crowland and Peterborough competing.

Arriving at 9.30am, the pupils quickly got underway setting up their robots for practice runs.

They spent the day being judged for their robots, the programming, for the presentation of their projects ranging from getting grass out of a paddling pool to automatic directional fire hoses, for their core values and of course for the “race”.

After an exciting and tense day, the Butt Masters from the Deepings School were the clear winners with their robot scoring twice as many points as the runner up.

Judges also praised the team for their “brilliant” project presentation about Butt Sticks, which the team had designed, made and have already sold some to help people realise that their water butts are nearly full or maybe overflowing and wasting water.

Managing director of Park Air Systems Danny Milligan said: “Events like this inspire children to follow a career in engineering.”

One of the science teachers accompanying their school’s team said:“The children have come away with a real buzz about engineering and your company.”

The competition was part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s First Lego League Tournament with the regional heat being sponsored by Park Air Systems, part of Northrop Grumman.

The regional tournament was the culmination of weeks of preparation, where pupils have worked in teams to design, build and programme a robot, and create an innovative solution to a real world problem.

The winning team now goes forward to the UK and Ireland Final at the University of West of England on February 24. The top achieving teams at this final get the opportunity to represent their country and the IET on a global stage, competing at International Championships in Hungary, Estonia and the USA in 
2018.