Lego League Team impress judges at regional heat



W5 welcomed 140 pupils from schools across Northern Ireland to the eleventh annual Northern Ireland FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge on Wednesday 5 December.

The FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is a global science and technology challenge for teams of students, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers.


With this year’s theme as ‘Into Orbit’, the Rainey Team was challenged to think like scientists and engineers, whilst exploring the fascinating subject of space exploration!


We enlisted the help of past pupil and TV show ‘SAS – Who dares wins’ winner Ryan Roddy to help understand how to develop a strong mental state in the face of adversity. This would be critical during a long space flight to Mars and other distant planets. The team consisting of Amber, Michael, Jack, Samuel, Emer, Maia and Reagan setup the company ‘Small Space Consultants’ to meet this future need and pitched their training courses to a Team of judges.


As well as that the Team had to test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of missions in a Robot Game environment and be interviewed as a group on their Team working skills.


This proved again to be an invaluable experience and we thank W5 for hosting another fabulous event.