Student innovation took centre stage this week when W5 and the IET welcomed over 150 pupils from schools across Northern Ireland to the sixth annual Northern Ireland FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge in the inspiring surroundings of Northern Ireland’s award-winning science and discovery centre.
The 2013 NATURE’S FURY Challenge saw more than 228,000 children, aged 9 to 16, from over 80 countries explore awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and other natural disasters. 17 enthusiastic teams from across Northern Ireland competed over the course of the day to discover what could be done when intense natural events affect where we live, work, and play.
In a day of hotly contested robot battles, inspiring presentations and rousing chants by supporters, the energetic team from Rathmore Grammar School led by teacher Mr Donnelly and mentor STEM Ambassador Jonathan Sinclair from RepKnight, emerged triumphant as the undisputed winners of the “Project” category which was not surprising given the energy and creativity the team invested into the challenge on the day.
John Reid, CEO of RepKnight commented “When Jonny came and told us about the FIRST® LEGO® League I thought it was a great initiative; and one that local companies should be supporting. We are delighted that the team of engineers that Jonny mentored had such a great day, winning the project category – it just goes to show that Northern Ireland really does have the ‘engineer gene’!”