Inverness College UHI hosts Lego League

INVERNESS’ first ever LEGO League tournament will take place at Inverness College UHI on Saturday 1st December.

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Organised by the Energy Skills Partnership and the Institution of Engineering Technology, the north of Scotland heats of the international tournament will see young people from across the Highlands put their mechanical, building and computer skills to the test.

Primary and secondary school pupils have spent the past few months designing, building and programming their robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology.

On Saturday their robots will take part in a series of missions as part of an INTO ORBIT space themed challenge. Missions will include negotiating difficult routes and lifting, pushing and manoeuvring LEGO objects with accuracy.

Eight teams will compete in total. Auldearn is the only primary school represented, with secondary school teams from Inverness High, Kingussie and Lochaber competing. Teams from My World of Work, a careers support programme run in secondary schools by Skills Development Scotland, will also take part.

The winners will proceed to the UK final.

LEGO League tournaments take place across the world and are designed to inspire innovators of the future through encouraging interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) from a young age.

The teams will be judged on core skills, like team work, as well as robot design, programming and performance during the challenges.

Iain King, head of engineering at Inverness College UHI, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, said: “Inverness College UHI is thrilled to be hosting Inverness’ first ever LEGO League tournament. This is all about developing skills like team work, problem solving and imagination, and showing young people that subjects like engineering and computing can be fun. There’s so many amazing and exciting career opportunities out there.”

Judges will include local engineers and STEM teaching staff from Inverness College UHI.

The LEGO League Tournament runs from 9am to 3.30pm.

Find out about the range of engineering and computing courses at Inverness College UHI.