Festo hosts the FIRST® LEGO® League

A research and robotics competition for young people 

FIRST® LEGO® League

Research presentations, tricky technical tasks and a robot game – in mid-January, Festo hosted a regional competition of the FIRST® LEGO® League, which introduces children and young people to science and technology in a playful way. The focus was on the topic ‘orbit’.

What are the living and working conditions like in space? Can a rocket made of food stand steady? Will a robot be able to cross craters and put satellites into the correct orbit? The regional competition of the FIRST® Lego League was all about developing clever solutions for problems related to the main topic of ‘orbit’. In this way, children and young people learn technical knowledge in a fun atmosphere.

A total of 16 teams of three to ten participants between the ages of nine and 16 competed against each other, coming from all over southern Germany. The prize for the two best teams: a ticket to the semi-final of the FIRST® LEGO® League in Regensburg.

The children and young people worked on a common task like real engineers. For example, they programmed a fully automatic robot based on the LEGO® Mindstorms system.
The children and young people worked on a common task like real engineers. For example, they programmed a fully automatic robot based on the LEGO® Mindstorms system.

From the research presentation to the robot game

The teams had to face an 18-member expert and critical jury in four categories. First they created a research presentation on working and living conditions in space and developed solutions to a problem identified by the team. In the subsequent team competition, a ‘rocket’ consisting of 20 spaghetti noodles, marshmallows, thread and adhesive tape had to be built within four minutes. In the end, the rocket had to stand for 15 seconds for the task to be completed successfully. Starting at noon, the teams were able to demonstrate at the robot game whether their home-made robot could prove itself in space and solve various challenges.

The robot had to prove itself in the robot game and solve several tricky tasks on a playing field with superstructures made of LEGO® bricks.
The robot had to prove itself in the robot game and solve several tricky tasks on a playing field with superstructures made of LEGO® bricks.

Bionics4Education – awakening enthusiasm for bionics

In addition to the competitions there was a creative supporting programme for the visitors – they could give free rein to their ideas by making their own fin for the bionic fish from the Bionics4Education learning kit. Afterwards, the self-designed fins were tested on-site in the water basin. Bionics4Education is Festo’s bionics education concept that combines digital and analogue learning. Bionics and technical education are linked – in the form of a construction kit for experimenting and learning.


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