Portchester Community School

Portchester Community School

Success at the First Lego League Tournament


Congratulations Ian Colwell, George Wallis and Ella Todd. As part of Team Agile Supernova, we won the First Lego League Tournament regional heat held at the University of Portsmouth. The team will now compete at the FIRST® LEGO® League UK and Ireland Final Tournament held at Bristol in mid- February 2019.

Although members worked as a team, Ian and George worked on the Robot Missions that we won. Well done!  Meanwhile Ella was our Social Media representative writing articles on Twitter and our blog. Other members of the team did a great job researching, working on and delivering the Project Presentation. Everyone contributed to our overall winning of the heat. What a great result!

What is First Lego League?

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is a global science and technology challenge for teams of ten students aged 9 to 16 years, to encourage an interest in real world issues and develop key skills that are crucial for their future careers. The students work together to explore a given topic and make a presentation as well as design, build and program an autonomous LEGO robot to solve a series of missions.

The University of Portsmouth is our regional Tournament venue and the winners compete against other regional winners at the UK and Ireland Final at the University of West of England (UWE) in Bristol. From there the UK winners head for Tournaments across the world including USA, Estonia and Hungary.

Who are the team and where do they come from?

This year our ten-person team called Agile Supernova coached by Liz Stoneham, AKA Robot Liz-ii, was sponsored by Agile ICT and met on Saturday mornings from mid-September 2018 to prepare for the Tournament.

The team members are made up of pupils from Portchester Community as well as Cams Hill, Swanmore College and Crofton Secondary Schools.

This hot bed of talent comes from Robot Liz-ii’s Robot Sessions that she holds at Junior/Primary Schools in the local Fareham and Gosport area with up to 100 Year 6 children attending per year.

The FLL competition is a life-long lesson. It is a real-life problem that can only be solved by the team working together. Everyone struggles at first, but the more effort you put in, the more you achieve and get out of it.

Well done Ian Colwell, George Wallis and Ella Todd. As part of Agile Supernova, you all made a tremendous contribution to the team and good luck at the Finals in Bristol. Go Agile Supernova. Go.