Capita provides building blocks for local Lego team

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Capita Managed IT Solutions is delighted to sponsor students from Blessed Trinity College Belfast, who are participating in The FIRST® LEGO® League competition - the ultimate science and technology challenge for schools. The FIRST® LEGO®League competition is a global science and technology challenge that encourages student interest in real-world issues and develops key skills that are crucial for future careers. Operated in the UK and Ireland by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), more than 250,000 young people aged 9-16 years old from 80 countries participate each year.

A different challenge is released annually, and the 2017 FIRST®LEGO®League Challenge will make a splash with HYDRO. Participating students have been challenged with the 2017 HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season to learn about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it, and identify what might become possible when we understand what happens to our water.

The team of 8 students from Blessed Trinity College have been challenged in developing a robot game and a research project, and will need to demonstrate the FIRST® LEGO® League core values throughout their work. The students are studying for their Design & Technology G.C.S.E and the competition supports their skills development in line with the core curriculum.

Dermot O’Neill, Design & Technology teacher at Blessed Trinity College, said The FIRST® LEGO®League competition is a fantastic way for our students to display their knowledge and skills of robotics. It’s great to see their development from identifying the challenge to producing a resolution. The students are very eager to be involved, working during lunch time and after school hours. It’s a pleasure for the school and each student to be supported by the team from Capita Managed IT Solutions.”

John Mailey, a STEM ambassador from Capita, has been appointed to support the team of students from Blessed Trinity College, guiding them throughout their challenge. As a mentor, he will be on-hand to answer any support questions and visit the school regularly, joining team meetings in addition to set-up on the final tournament day.

John says: “Mentoring Blessed Trinity College in the FIRST®LEGO®League competition is such an enjoyable experience. Seeing first-hand how young people work as a team, research their challenges and solve them, highlights the level of skills students in NI schools have. I look forward to working with the team of students from Blessed Trinity College and wish them all the best with their challenge, which I’m confident they will excel in“

The 2017 tournament was launched by W5 in September 2017 and the Northern Ireland regional tournament will take place in the science and discovery centre on Wednesday 6th December. Winners from the Northern Ireland tournament will attend the UK-wide final, competing for the chance to qualify for the global round of the competition. 

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