Young boffins win local robotic competition

2014-11-03 00:00

ANOTHER Saturday, anotherpenalty shootout — but this time robots did the playing.

The First Lego League competition, sponsored by global software giant SAP, took place at the KZN Department of Education Training Institute in Glenwood on Saturday.

The competition was organised by the KZN Science Centre, who supported, trained and prepared the pupils throughout the year.

Each of the competing schools were given a Lego Mindstorms robotics kit and had to set about constructing and programming it. It all came down to a nail-biting finish when two teams tied for first place. A tense playoff ensued and Tyburn Primary from Chatsworth emerged the winner.

Tyburn Primary will now represent KZN at the SA national SAP First Lego League championships in Johannesburg in December.

If they win, they will represent SA at the international championships held in St Louis, Missouri, in the U.S., in March 2015.

Second place went to Clifton College, with New Forest High coming in third.

Candice Potgieter, CEO of the KZN Science Centre, said: “Over 150 learners from 15 schools took part in this year’s competition. It has been so rewarding to see the impact this competition has had on the lives of the learners.”

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