Qualcomm backs new Cambridge LEGO League

Tue, Nov 9, 2021

US tech giant Qualcomm will once again sponsor the IET FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Cambridge tournament. This includes the provision of fully-funded places and robotics equipment to 16 teams from deprived areas in Cambridgeshire.

Now in its fifth year in Cambridge, the IET FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is a global science and technology tournament for 9–16-year-olds. The competition aims to build young people’s interest in STEM subjects, while developing key teamwork, problem solving and communication skills.

This season’s Cambridge tournament will take place in January 2022 and, for the first time, will take on a hybrid event model to ensure the maximum number of teams can participate.

From now until January teams are tasked with designing, building and programming a LEGO Mindstorms or SPIKE Prime robot to complete a series of ‘missions’ on a LEGO playing field. 

On Tuesday 18 January, teams will head to the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering for a day of competing in the Robot Game element of the Challenge. 

During the games, teams will put their robots to the test, going head-to-head to score as many points as possible during the 2.5 minute robot matches.

As well as developing their programming skills, students who compete in the IET FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge are tasked with completing an Innovation Project, which, this year, involves identifying a problem linked to transportation. 

Teams are also judged on their Robot Design process and their demonstration of the Core Values; a set of attributes that underpin all areas of the FIRST® LEGO® League: Inclusion, Discovery, Teamwork, Innovation, Fun and Impact.

On Wednesday 19 January, teams will be allocated a 30-minute virtual judging slot to present their Innovation Projects and Robot Design to a panel of industry judges, and where they will also be asked questions to assess their Core Values.

James Chapman, VP and general manager, Voice/Music/Wearables, Qualcomm Technologies International, said: “We’re extremely excited to announce the return of the IET FIRST® LEGO® League Cambridge tournament for its fifth year. 

“This season, our priority is to ensure that as many teams can participate as possible, while keeping everyone safe. As such, not only are we sponsoring more teams than ever but also we have adopted a new hybrid model to enable us to deliver all of the brilliant elements of the Challenge, in a safe and secure way.

“The Robot Games are an important opportunity for young people to come together, to see their own robot and other teams’ robots in action and to cheer each other on.

“It is incredibly difficult to recreate this atmosphere virtually, so, we have developed a robust schedule that will restrict the numbers of students together at one time, while enabling teams to take part in this exciting and educational element of the Challenge in its entirety.”

The theme for the IET FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge 2021-22 season is Cargo Connect. For more information on how to register visit: https://education.theiet.org/first-lego-league-programmes/register/ or email Joanna.colley@consciouscomms.com for information on sponsored places.

Article sourced from: www.businessweekly.co.uk
Published on: 04.11.21

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