The FIRST ® LEGO ® League

Thursday 26 May 2016

6.30pm start, refreshments and networking from 6.00pm

Room SW101, School of Computing, Cornwallis South, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF

Free to attend for both BCS Members and non-members


The FIRST® LEGO® League is an annual, internationally organised competition for teams of children between 9 and 16 years old. One of the primary attractors is the ‘robot competition’ aspect, where teams design and build a LEGO® robot (using the ‘LEGO® Mindstorms®’ software environment) to complete challenges on a themed arena (4' x 8') populated with LEGO® models and gadgets.

Teams compete at regional finals, one of which is hosted by the University of Kent, and winners here go on to national finals (and potentially on to EU and international finals).  In addition to the robot challenge, teams must complete a research project that involves their local community (presenting this at the regional final), undertake a teamwork challenge, and be interviewed about the design and programming of their robot.

There will be an instance of the robot ‘arena’ from the most recent challenge. This will include all of the gadgets, and an example robot to play with!


Fred Barnes is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Kent, is responsible for the School of Computing's schools outreach activities, and has been involved in running the FIRST® LEGO® League regional finals at Kent since these started in 2003.

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