Güevéjar School Wins Granada FLL Tournament
A team from primary school CEIP Federico García Lorca in the village of Güevéjar has won first place at Granada's provincial round of the First Lego League (FLL), a competition run to encourage young people to follow careers in science and technology. The winning team, ‘Los platillos giratorios’, and runner-up ‘Esco rick’ from Los Escolapios, a school in the city of Granada, will travel to Tenerife in March to take part in the national FLL final.
In this year's competition, participants aged 10 to 16 explored space in the INTO ORBIT challenge, while younger pupils aged 6 to 9 had to design a moon base with a rocket as part of the MISSION MOON challenge. They also had to make a poster showing their ideas. Winning team ‘Los platillos giratorios’ used water-soluble rubbish bags for their spaceships and space stations.
Each year, the First Lego League sets a new challenge based on a topical theme or problem, giving teams the chance to discover that science and technology are fun and exciting as well as useful. This is the eighth year the competition has been held in Granada, and participants had to come up with a physical or social problem that humans might encounter during a long space mission in our solar system.
Each team had to do two main tasks. First, they had to complete a science project, getting creative and designing an innovative solution to the problem set; and second, they had to design and program a robot that would go on to complete a series of missions in a set time.
This local round of the tournament was run by Andalusia's Regional Ministry of Finance, Knowledge, Business and Universities, the Scientia Foundation and Vodafone. The event was held at the University of Granada auditorium in the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS) and attended by a large audience. 235 school pupils took part, with 15 teams entering the INTO ORBIT challenge and 5 entering the MISSION MOON challenge. More than a hundred teachers, trainers and volunteers were there to lend their support.