A group of young people from Inverness are heading to the Scotland-wide FIRST Lego League final after completing an innovation project to improve their city.
Ness-E-city (main picture) and Urban Legends (pictured below) came first and second in the recent regional final of the competition, both groups hail from My World of Work Live’s Lab Rats group.
Local primary school Holm Primary team The Holmies came in third.
An approved Lego Education programme, My World of Work Live! runs after-school STEM clubs twice a week at SDS’s Church Street careers centre in Inverness, giving young people the chance to work on interactive activities which inspire them to find out more about future jobs critical to Scotland.
My World of Work Live Engagement Adviser Ashley Healy mentors Ness-E-city, she said:
“The team based their project around electric cars, presenting plans to take over Station Square allowing those bringing their cars into the city to park and re-charge.
“All the teams also took part in a robot building exercise, and had to show team-building skills, social and political awareness, as well answering questions from the judges.
“The young people were all fantastic, I think it was tough for the judges to pick their winners.”
FIRST Lego League sees groups worldwide test their mechanical, building and computer skills by designing, building and programming their own robots using Lego Mindstorms technology and aims to help young people broaden their understanding of STEM careers and see how they can apply STEM skills in the real world.
My World of Work Live STEM Engagement Graduate Intern Amy Healy mentors Urban Legends.
“The focus for the team was to look at ways to take pollution out of the city centre.
“Their plan included taking over the old swimming pool area to build an urban farm which would include gardens, education facilities and a café.
“The whole project was sustainable.”
Teams are responsible for researching their innovation projects and have to pull together presentations looking at logistics and impact on the local area.
“It’s a huge undertaking, and all the teams in the final were really fantastic.”
The Scottish final takes place on 29 February in Perth with 24 teams from across the country taking part.