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Cracking Coding – The Appliance of Computer Science

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Cracking Coding – The Appliance of Computer ScienceICT students at Bangor Academy have cracked coding in the First Lego League Robotics Competition.

The Academy’s team came joint 1st in Northern Ireland in the First Lego League Robot Award achieving a top score alongside St Louise’s and Rainey Endowed schools. They also left with the Judges’ Award as they were deemed to be the team which most embodied the competition’s core values of teamwork, negotiation and enthusiasm. The judges commended the team on their collaborative and communication skills as they interacted with each other and the other teams to complete the competition challenges at W5 last week.

First Lego League is an educational competition which encourages pupils to apply scientific and technological knowledge in the design of a robot programmed to solve a real-world problem. The 2017/18 theme for the competition is Hydrodynamics, in other words, water - how we find it, use it, transport and dispose of it. The team focused on waste water; channelling all their scientific, technological and coding knowledge to look at how to collect waste water and redirect it to generate electricity as a by-product of the process.  

Covering skills such as problem identification, research, innovation and presentation; this competition is a fabulous opportunity for pupils to see how lessons in school translate in a practical activity for a real-world problem.

Head of ICT, Mrs Louise Kerr said;

“We went in to the competition aiming to improve on our 7th placing from last year. Coming joint first was amazing and so well deserved. This team applied all the lessons they had learned the previous year and their dedication was second to none. I am so proud of them. I’d like to thank my fellow Teacher coach Mr McKee and Emma McCory from our sponsors, Fujitsu NI.”

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