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First Lego League World Festival Winners receive Gold CREST Awards

We are excited to announce that Untitled-1, a team of students from King Edward's School and Ralph Allen School in Bath who recently won the First Lego League World Festival, beating 21,000 teams from across the globe, have now been awarded Gold CREST Awards for their fantastic project work.

The team won the First Lego League World Festival with their design for a doorbell that scans the fingerprints of visitors, and uses the information to inform elderly residents of the identity of their visitor. However, their design didn’t stop there; the doorbell could also be programmed to automatically open the door to recognised or expected visitors, saving elderly or disabled people from having to struggle to answer the door. 

Having impressed the judges with their doorbell design, the team also designed a Lego Mindstorms® robot, which had to compete with robots from other teams in a series of challenges and tasks, to help them win the tournament.  

The First Lego League is an exciting robotics programme that encourages children to invent and design a creative new solution to real life problems. First Lego League are one of CREST’s accredited partner schemes, and any student who takes part in the First Lego League can also choose to submit their project to achieve a Silver CREST Award as well.

After the UK’s success this year, First Lego League have recently announced their new season, Nature’s Fury, in which students will face up to the mind-blowing power of nature. From earth-shattering storms to thundering tsunamis, teams will explore the consequences of these natural disasters on the places we live, and use their creativity to design solutions to the problems they cause.  

Registrations for the next First Lego League will open this month, so now’s the time to get inventing and get involved. Don’t forget to also contact your CREST Local Coordinator, and make sure you submit your project for a CREST Silver Award too!

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