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Newton Park’s Ten Lego-teers compete in FIRST® LEGO® Challenge British Finals in Harrogate

Newton Park Primary School’s “Ten Lego-teers” took part in the FIRST® LEGO® Challenge British Finals in Harrogate.

Earlier this year, eight teams from local schools participated in the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge North Highland Tournament, held in the ETEC on the UHI North, West and Hebrides Thurso Campus. One team, “The Ten Lego-Teers,” from Newton Park Primary School, emerged victorious and even went on to compete in the FIRST® LEGO® Challenge British Finals in Harrogate.

The FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is a global competition that provides young people with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) fields. Through the programme, participants gain valuable problem-solving skills that will help them build a better future.

Newton Park’s Acting Deputy Head, Craig Cormack said “Thank you to DYW North Highland and NRS Dounreay who funded the trip to Harrogate, allowing the children to compete in the Finals. Without this, the trip would not have been possible.” 

“The day of the Lego Challenge was packed full of engaging STEM activities and challenges for everyone to complete, alongside their robot games and presentations which the children have worked hard to prepare for over several months. The whole trip was a great experience for our children and I’m sure it will stay with them for a long time to come.”

Trudy Morris, CEO, Caithness Chamber of Commerce & Developing Young Workforce North Highland Lead commented,

“We extremely are proud of all the teams who took part in the challenge and congratulate “The Ten Lego-Teers” for their impressive win at our regional competition and then going on to represent the North Highland region at the British Finals.

“FIRST® LEGO® League is a fun and educational programme that encourages young people to use their imaginations and creativity to build the future. Through hands-on activities, children are able to learn important skills like problem-solving and teamwork, which will help them succeed in their future careers.

“Programmes like this not only help build confidence but also provide participants with practical skills that they can use in real-world situations. Experiences like FIRST® LEGO® League are an important way to help our young people grow and succeed.”

Marie Mackay, Employee Engagement Specialist, NRS Dounreay, said,

“We were very impressed by all the teams that participated in the challenge from their presentations, robot design, programming skills, problem solving to great team work. All that took part gained new skills and personal development that hopefully they can build on in the future.

NRS Dounreay was pleased to be able to give the Ten-Legoteers the additional experience of competing in the British Final. This has been a very positive experience for them and we look forward to giving other pupils the opportunity next year.”