In the first year of competition in 2017 the Eltham College (Bee Team) won the Rising Star award for the best new team to compete at the East London heats of the First Lego League, a Robotic Engineering competition attracting upwards of 30,000 teams globally. This was clearly an indicator of things to come as the same group, now with two years’ experience and a fresh intake of younger talent, Eltham’s ‘Space Junk’ team went one step further on Saturday 26 January, taking second place overall and securing entry into the national finals.
This is an amazing achievement. The competition themed ‘Into Orbit’ required the team to research and present on a problem to be solved to make interplanetary habitation a possibility, present on the FLL Core Values, as well as build and program their EV3 Robot to take on a complex set of challenges, scrutinised by judges in seven different rounds throughout the day.
Their innovation and teamwork as well as significant time spent preparing was clearly on show all day as they competed against 23 other teams at Queen Mary University. Huge credit and gratitude must go to the University, and in particular the Electronic Engineering and Computer Science department, for hosting this fantastic event every year, and for the organisers and volunteers, without whom we and many other schools could not take part, and therefore learn so much.