Last week I promised you a report on the First Lego League, and Ella and Ethan from Y7 have written this excellent piece for us. Thank you very much- and well done!
On Thursday we went to the Swansea Waterfront museum to take part in the First Lego League Into Orbit competition. On the way to the museum we practised our presentation on our research and the features we built into our robot. When we arrived we set up out table, then went and looked at the other teams tables and take pictures. Two judges came to our table for us to explain how our robot worked, the code and why we chose to build it the way we did. We then watched the robot games, which consist of 16 missions for a robot to complete in 2 and a half minutes.
When it was our turn for our first robot game (of three) we scored no points as we had some issues with our code and our robot kept toppling over. We used the time after the game to re-design and re-code our robot. We failed to score in our second match, but in our third match we achieved 22 points which put us in 4th place. Our strategy changed each time, we replaced the arm with a spike and used this to solve a problem.
Our next task was a team assessment of our ‘Core values’ (how well we worked as a team). We had 10 minutes to build a Lunar base out of Lego with no instructions.
We had to present our research project which was an automated greenhouse for growing food on the way to Mars. We got compliments from the judges about how we managed to link our ideas to existing things, like 3D Printers, Robotic arms and Incubators for babies.
We won a trophy for the ‘Best Technical Design’ for the way that we tried to solve the problems.
On Thursday we welcomed three Assembly Members who are on the CYPE (children, young people and education) committee currently looking into school funding processes across Wales. It was great to have the opportunity to share our views, and I was delighted they spoke with teachers, governors, parents and pupils as part of the process. Thanks to everyone who gave up their time to get involved.
Falklands war veteran Simon Weston visited us on Wednesday to talk to some of our pupils about careers in the armed forces. We are lucky to have a social link with Simon (he’s Mrs Weston’s brother!) and he is a good friend of the school and always welcome at RCCS.
Our focus on Y11 continues. We held a staff meeting on Monday to discuss individual performances in the mock exams and we held a special session today giving the students their results and then some guidance as to what to do next. It’s a mixed picture- as it is every year at this time. The key thing is there is time for everyone to improve, and we will work together to make it happen!
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