The team of five from Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys in Canterbury represented the UK at the event earlier this month, competing against 56 teams from 34 countries.
During the four-day event in Paderborn they presented their project aimed at improving the quality of life for elderly people – a daily dispensing medicine box – as well as programming their LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education robot to complete a set of missions on an obstacle course.
And the team – James Meakin, Carlos Purchase-Galarza, Tom Roblin, Ross Price and Ollie English – along with their LEGO MINDSTORMS Education robot UniBot, reached the quarter finals of the competition and were awarded second place in the Strategy and Innovation Award category. The Champions’ Award went to the team ApoioBot from Brazil.
In the Quarter Finals the robot was having its best round and was on target for a very high score – possibly beating the World Record – before going wrong.
Team member Carlos said: “I am very disappointed that the robot did not achieve what we knew it could but the experience of just being at such an amazing competition is unbelievable – I will never forget it.”
Team mate Tom added: “The best thing was meeting and talking with children from other countries and cultures. My entire FIRST LEGO League experience has taught me that it’s not all about winning, it’s about the enjoyment. I also learnt a lot about working in a team and playing to each other’s strengths.”
Fellow team member James said: “I’ve made loads of new friends in Australia, Lebanon, Israel and Brazil, among other places, and we’ve already been in contact since the championships.”
And one of the team mentors said: “This has been an incredible journey for all the boys. You simply cannot experience anything like this anywhere and I hope that they get the chance to experience it again.”