The first ever first Lego Junior League Expo was held in the Vale of Glamorgan, with children from severn Schools across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan working on the challenge for the last 3 months.
The project sees a groups of learners aged 6-9 focusing on developing their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) supported and coordinated by Big Learning Company and is designed to introduce young children to science and engineering concepts as well as teamwork.
The First Lego League is a worldwide competition with over 40,000 children taking part at the same time across the globe. Each year sees a new challenge set and this years theme was Water.
The challenge which is Aptly called Aqua Adventure, sees learners investigating all things to do with Water such as where the water we use in our daily life comes from, and what happens to it on its way to our homes and schools.
The children who took part worked in teams supported and are encouraged to try to solve a real-world issue, design and build a LEGO model with moving parts and to present their research on a poster.
Once completed, all of the teams came together for the Expo at Cadoxton Community Centre, with Every child received a medal and a Lego League certificate to celebrate all of their hard work and ingenuity. Medals and certificates were presented by Councillor Leighton O Rowlands Mayor of Vale of Glamorgan and The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Dianne Rees.
The introduction of this global event to Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan opens up opportunities for schools across South Wales to experience and engage with STEM activities, with the plan to build on this years event with even more schools taking part next year.
The schools taking part in the very first Expo were:
Cwmfelinfach Primary School (Caerphilly) High Street Primary (Barry)
St John Lloyd RC Primary (Cardiff) Romilly Primary School (Barry)
Central Primary School (Port Talbot) (2 teams competing) Darran Park Primary School (RCT)
Also attended was David Hughes UK Account Manager
LEGO Education International, Louise Harris CEO Big Learning Company and Lowri Walton from the IET the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Vale of Glamorgan Mayor Cllr Leighton Rowlands said “This was a first for ever for the Lego League and I’m honoured it was held in the Vale of Glamorgan, it was amazing to see the Children use their skills to learn and built fantastic models. I wish I had something like this when I was learning in School”