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Into Orbit Challenge - FIRST LEGO League Trip

First Lego League Trip

Into Orbit Challenge - Tuesday 18 December 2018

On Tuesday 18 December 2018, a group of students who have been attending the STEM after school club took part in the FIRST LEGO League Challenge at Brighton University.  The group of 7 from Years 7 & 8 had been preparing for the Into Orbit challenge 6 weeks prior to the event, including how to program a LEGO robot during the after school sessions.  They have showed a tremendous amount of effort into learning new skills and working as a team and the theme for this years challenge was 'Space Travel'.

The BACA team had called themselves B.A.S.A (Brighton Aldridge Space Astronauts) and conducted themselves with pride and a willingness to show their efforts, to the judges.  BACA were up against other teams from local schools including Steyning grammar, PACA and Brighton & Hove High School. 

The day consisted of 3 mains parts: A 5 minute presentation about a problem that could be encountered by astronauts on long distance space travel; the students chose the subject 'anxiety in space'.  The second part was a team building activity in which the students had to build a bridge, which was a surprise challenge that the students were not expecting, yet they seemed to take it in their stride.  The final challenge was to complete LEGO challenges using the LEGO robot the students had been learning to program in STEM club.  This was very exciting and it was a great opportunity to see all the other teams taking part.  During the course of the day the students had a chance to hear talks from space industry experts and at the end they got a medal for taking part.

The presentation went really well and even those students who weren’t as confident in speaking got a chance to take part and took pride in their efforts.  The final presentation of trophies was fantastic and B.A.S.A are proud to say they got the trophy for best newcomer.

Their hard work, dedication and behaviour were exemplary and their trophy was well deserved!