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Lego tournament underway at Gatwick Airport

The staff at Easirent Car Hire near to Gatwick Airport only wish they had an opportunity to compete for a chance to travel to the USA when they were in school.

Passengers travelling through Gatwick Airport in the North Terminal recently, will have witnessed something different as the regional final of the First Lego League was staged.

Some 80 students aged between nine and 16 from eight primary and secondary schools across the South East took to the terminal’s concourse to demonstrate their skills in engineering, programming, problem-solving and teamwork in a tournament that could take the winning team to the USA to compete in the First Lego League world finals.

The Gatwick tournament was organised by STEM Sussex, the science, technology, engineering and maths outreach department at the University of Brighton. The winners, team “Epic”, will represent the region in the UK national finals in Loughborough.

The First Lego League is a global science and technology competition aimed at encouraging students to take an interest in real-world issues and to develop the skills to help solve them.

Teams of up to ten students research and develop an innovative solution to a specific problem, then build, program and test a Lego Mindstorms robot to complete a set of missions, presenting research and preparatory work to teams of judges.