Lego challenge event for primary school pupils

St. John's Primary in Poulton hosted a 'Robot Wars' style technology afternoon, which was organised by BAe Systems.
Ready for the finals.
St. John's Primary in Poulton hosted a 'Robot Wars' style technology afternoon, which was organised by BAe Systems. Ready for the finals.

Forget robot wars, youngsters from a bevy of primary schools have been putting their design and engineering skills to the test in a lesson with a difference.

Pupils from five primary schools in Poulton converged on St John’s to make their own programmable robots in a competition organised after Pauline Chisnall from St John’s successfully applied for a £5,000 grant from the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Mechanical Engineers to fund the Lego Mindstorms event.

St. John's Primary in Poulton hosted a 'Robot Wars' style technology afternoon, which was organised by BAe Systems. 
Jack Beckett from St John's engrossed in a last-minute re-build.

St. John's Primary in Poulton hosted a 'Robot Wars' style technology afternoon, which was organised by BAe Systems. Jack Beckett from St John's engrossed in a last-minute re-build.

With support from nearby BAE Systems, which provided Stem ambassadors to run the event, the youngsters were set various challenges.

The seven to 11 year olds had already been provided with kits to build a robot in their own schools and had had a couple of months to get to grips with learning how to programme them.

During they epic day they had to take part in a wide range of challenging projects and eventual winner was the team from Carleton St Hilda’s CE Primary.

The school taking part were Carleton St Hilda’s, St Chads, The Breck School, Carr Head and Poulton St John’s.

Birthday girl Eva-Rose Irving takes charge of the Breck robot

Birthday girl Eva-Rose Irving takes charge of the Breck robot

Pupils from Carr Head test their robot

Pupils from Carr Head test their robot