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First Lego League Tournament 2009!

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Edinburgh Tournament Results:
  • Champions: Duddingston Primary School
  • Project Prize: Craiglockhart Primary School
  • Teamwork Prize: James Gillespie's High School
  • Robot Design Prize: St Kentigern's Academy
  • Robot Performance Prize: Wellington School

2009 Tournament is the Best Ever!

On the 8th of December, 160 school pupils and teachers came to the School of Informatics to take part in the only Scottish Tournament of the worldwide First Lego League Robot Challenge

The teams had been working for several weeks building and programming their lego mindstorm robots, and preparing research projects on the theme of "Smarter Transport". Prizes were awarded in four main categories, and the overall champion was chosen for showing an excellent performance in each of those categories.

We were shocked and astounded at our victory in Edinburgh and were excited at the prospect of going to Loughborough. However, the Christmas holiday and having to plan a way to get down, meant we didn't have as much time as we would of liked to plan and get organised! We made a few adjustments to our robot and presentation. The changes we made were turning a poem into a rap that incorporated moves in our presentation. We received another visit from Flavius and in that session we built a new back wheel that was smoother running because it had no rubber to cause friction. As a group we created a new block of programme to get up the bridge and hopefully score some extra points.

The whole team was extremely enthusiastic about the trip down. We were allowed to wear casual clothes on the day so it really made us feel like it was really going to happen and at last we set from Edinburgh Waverley. The first train was a long journey taking us to York. We were in 2 different carriages. Most of the time we were eating or playing our Nintendo's. The second train wasn't as enjoyable as some of the parents got a little wet as it was rainy as a window was open but the third train was very speedy. The hotel that we stayed at was amazing and the food was absolutely gorgeous, especially the chocolate fudge pudding. That night, even though we were very excited about the next day, we managed to get to sleep.

Duddingston Primary and Prof Rod Burstall
See pictures of the tournament.

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