Ten Swindon youngsters aged between 10 and 15 have been invited to the first ever Lego League Open European Championship in the Netherlands in May.
The SHELL (Swindon Home Education Liberty Lego) qualified in January against 23 teams from schools all over England and one from Azerbaijan, they took the award for robot design. They are one of three UK teams invited to attend the European competition.
Team mentor, Shena Deuchars, said that during the UK finals, their robot did not perform as well as it had in the Swindon heat. "The youngsters made a good presentation on the technical design of their robot and the effort put into preparing that presentation and re-building the robot since the Swindon heat bore fruit. This is the first time the group had taken part in the competition and are very happy to have done so well."
Photo Caption: The SHELL team at the UK finals withLouise Brady of BBC1’s Trading UP and Paul Sleem, voice of the Manchester Giants and mission-possible.co.uk
Photo: Richard Keil
With none of the funding available to a school team, the home educators have been grateful for support from Quantum Plus, Golden M Construction and Solo Home Improvements. Carol Anne Cooper of Brain Gym?? has also worked on team building with the youngsters.
But more sponsors are needed. Team mentor Susan Davies said, "we are still looking for more backing, as it will cost in the region of ?3,000 for the team travel, accommodation and entry fee."
To assist the SHELL robotics team call Susan on 01666 510217.