Singapore – 8th March 2017, Wednesday– Last Saturday, over 1000 youths aged 9 to 16 years took part in the finals of the FIRST LEGO League Tournament in Singapore. FIRST LEGO League is a joint initiative by US-based FIRST (Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) and LEGO to inspire young people to get excited about careers in science and technology, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
The FIRST LEGO League targets students from 9-16 years old. Consisting of 3 parts in FIRST LEGO League: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FIRST LEGO League Core Values. The first part consists of a research project and a presentation based on the theme for the season. The theme for this season is “Animal Allies” which challenges participants in each team to identify a problem that happens when animals and humans interact; created an innovative solution that made the interaction better for animals, people, or both; and shared their solution with others. The next part consists of a robot game which requires students to build a robot using LEGO parts to complete missions on a challenge mat.
Teams presented their projects to expert judges on the 3rd March 2017 and competed in the robot game on 4th March 2017. Mr Shane Armstrong, CEO of Canadian International School, officiated the prizegiving ceremony on 4th March 2017 at Canadian International School (Lakeside campus).
Since 2014, the number of teams taking part in this competition every year has been doubling, showing the keen interest in STEM that current students possess.
Duck Learning is proud to be the principal sponsor and organiser of the FIRST LEGO League in Singapore. The event is co-organised by Canadian International School and IMDA Pixel Labs. FIRST LEGO League is also part of the National Infocomm Competition by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and is supported by IMDA.