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11.03.2015 18:29

Fun with Science and Technology at the First Lego League

Teamwork and entrepreneurialism are the cornerstones of the First Lego League (FLL), a competition run in Granada by the city's Health Science Technological Park (PTS). The provincial round of this year's FLL will take place this Saturday at the University of Granada's Faculty of Sciences. The event has been launched by the Autonomous Government of Andalusia's Provincial Minister of Finance, Innovation, Science and Employment, José Antonio Aparicio, and Provincial Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, Ana Gámez, at secondary school IES Veleta in Granada.

[Translate to ENG:] Presentación de la FLL en el IES Veleta de Granada.

 More than 220 pupils aged 10 to 16 from 18 schools in the provinces of Granada and Jaén will take part in the competition this year. In preparation for the event, all the teams have designed a robot and written a science project on a topic of their choice. During the FLL launch event at IES Veleta, the provincial ministers described the function of a robot designed by members of the two teams that will represent the school in the competition. The ministers were joined at the school by the managing director of the PTS Foundation, Jesús Quero, the provincial coordinator of the Andalusian Youth Institute (IAJ), Guillermo Quero, and the regional director of the Telefónica Foundation, Joan Cruz.

During the launch, José Antonio Aparicio explained that the Autonomous Government of Andalusia supports the FLL "because it helps to get pupils interested in science, innovation and technology, and encourages them to think about careers in science or technology." He believes that some of the objectives of Andalusia's Regional Ministry of Finance are the same as those of the FLL, "especially when it comes to shaping a new knowledge-based economy through education, research, innovation and promoting entrepreneurialism."

The Provincial Minister of Education, Ana Gámez, praised the level of involvement of pupils and teachers from all the schools taking part, "as the teaching staff devote some of their own free time to attending the competition, which is becoming more and more popular every year because participants get to play, learn and work in teams."

Jesús Quero highlighted the Park's involvement in the organisation of the tournament and spoke about how the event influences its participants, "because it encourages youngsters interested in university degrees associated with an economy closely linked to the R&D system."

20 teams from the province of Granada have entered this year's FLL: secondary schools Pedro Soto de Rojas, Arjé (Chauchina), Gregorio Salvador, Hiponova (Montefrío), Valle de Lecrín (Dúrcal), Miguel de Cervantes, La Paz, Alpujarra (Órgiva), La Zafra (Motril), Ilíberis (Atarfe), Virgen de las Nieves and Veleta, and Atalaya, Sierra Elvira, Mulhacén, Monaita and Salesianos schools. One school from Jaén, secondary school IES Fernando III de Martos, has also entered the competition.