- 28 November 2014
LEGO is in at St. Paul’s Lutheran. Under the leadership of IT teacher Mrs Lauren Stanhope, students won awards at the FIRST Lego League regional competition held at Rothwell recently, by building, programming and competing their LEGO robots.
“There were 11 prizes awarded,” said Mrs Stanhope. “And we were so incredibly proud to have won both the Core Values Award, and the Judges Award! The children had worked incredibly hard, showing commitment to their teams and giving up morning teas and lunchtimes to prepare for the day.”
St. Paul’s entered four teams into the competition, run by FIRST Australia and Macquarie University for upper-primary and lower-secondary school students. Teams were made up of students from Years 4 to 6. The multi-part competition was judged in three elements: Robot Games; Project Presentation; and Core Values. “We were fortunate to have Mr. Josh Witham, a competitor at Nationals a few years back, help us out throughout the whole process,” said Mrs Stanhope. “He was absolutely amazing and encouraged the children so much. Now that we’ve received these results, the children are even more enthusiastic about being a part of it again next year!” she said.
Principal Mr. Anton Prinsloo couldn’t have been happier with the outcome of the day. “It was wonderful and so affirming to watch the students in action on the day,” he said. “They need to be commended on the level of creativity and great cop-operative skills that they displayed.”
“We are now looking forward to seeing the Robotics programs growing from strength to strength, and becoming an integral part of our learning experience here at St. Paul’s,” Mr. Prinsloo added.