A team from Parmiter’s School in Garston impressed the judges at a regional competition which aims to encourage students to put their skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to the test.
The team, made up of eight Year 10 students, won the judges award for their positivity and resilience at the regional Lego League competition, held at the University of Greenwich on February 4.
The competition required teams to use their creativity and STEM skills to design and programme a Lego robot which autonomously completed predetermined tasks within a time limit.
The team from Parmiter’s, who have been preparing since September, designed a modular robot with specialised attachments to complete each task.
The robot was efficient but, at times, temperamental, giving the team the opportunity to demonstrate their resilience, positive attitude and problem-solving skills to work through each of the issues.
The team was also required to give a presentation to the judges on a problem linked to the theme of sustainable energy.
The Parmiter’s team had identified plastic pollution in the oceans as their area of concern and came up with NaTURE as their solution, which is an underwater rubbish extraction robot inspired by the shape of an anglerfish and designed to bring plastics back to land for processing.
Michael Jones, headmaster at Parmiter’s School, said: “Their presentation of ideas really showcased their strength of teamwork, communication and creativity. The team did themselves proud.”