St Stephen’s School to host First Lego League after WA challenge win

Teacher Ronan Philpott with Chloe Baker, Nathaniel Walker, Riana Shah, Tahlia Beckit, Ashton Glendinning, Matthew Koetser and Bridie Lecornu. Picture: Martin Kennealey
First Lego League.
Teacher Ronan Philpott with Chloe Baker, Nathaniel Walker, Riana Shah, Tahlia Beckit, Ashton Glendinning, Matthew Koetser and Bridie Lecornu. Picture: Martin Kennealey First Lego League.

ST Stephen’s School has edged out a competitive field of northern suburb schools to host the 2017 First Lego League at its Carramar campus this November.

The First Lego League is a worldwide phenomenon that sees more than 250,000 young people aged nine to 16 research, design, program and build autonomous robots in a competitive challenge.

Three events will be held in WA with Curtin University and Comet Bay College also hosting competitions.

“This is an opportunity for students from surrounding areas to put their creative problem-solving skills to the test on the big stage,” principal Donella Beare said.

“We are expecting a strong turn-out with competitors and visitors coming from right across the northern suburbs.”

More than just a competition which builds STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competencies, teams have to demonstrate First Lego League core values including gracious professionalism and ‘co-opertition’ encouraging high quality work, unqualified kindness, respect and learning.

The November 4 event will have a carnival-like atmosphere with music and competitors dressed up in costumes.

Qualifying teams from the WA competitions progress to the Australian tournament in December where they could qualify to compete at an international level.

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