LEGO League Robotics a hit at Maungawhau School

JULIAN RAETHEL/Stuff.co.nz

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Mixing LEGO with robotics is a winning combination at Maungawhau School.

The Auckland primary school has been swept up in First LEGO League Robotics, a competition which requires problem-solving and computer engineering.

The First Officials team from Maungawhau School finished third in the New Zealand First LEGO League Robotics Championships.
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The First Officials team from Maungawhau School finished third in the New Zealand First LEGO League Robotics Championships.

Maungawhau entered two teams into the national competition on September 5 with The First Officials picking up third place. 

Competitors had to build LEGO robots and use the software programme to give commands for their robots to complete challenges on a specially designed table.

This included sports challenges, such as their vehicle picking up a ball and lining up a shot on goal.

Teacher Karina Bell helps organise the school programme with her husband Jamie.

She says it's a great way to inspire budding engineers and get them excited about the possiblities in technology.

"The benefits of this programme are they learn to work together as a team, which is quite hard for young children sometimes.

"And it's really good because it gets them to think about problems that they're able to solve...to create an innovative solution that might be applied to issues that are in the world today."

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The next project the students are working on for the 2016 competition revolves around waste.

Trash Trek will focus on turning trash into treasure, with specific goals in separating waste from recycling.

Student George Cooper has been involved in First LEGO League for two years.

"It's really cool doing all the robotics and the teamwork stuff," he says.

"I really like working with all my peers in it, the robot and doing the project as well."

LEGO League teams from Maungawhau School:

BRAAAAINS!!!

George Cooper

Danny Johnston

Ben Skelton

Caitlin Graham

Lydia Ma

Josh Chote

Thomas Aish

Alex Thorpe

Thomas Fairweather

Matthew Warn

First Officials


Jack Millar

Manav Patel

Roshan ter Wal

Liam Spencer

Matthew Radcliffe

Luka Johnson

Finn Obery

Jules Webb

Oliver Wright

Emil Hinchliff

 - Stuff

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