Whirlpool UK Appliances has announced the return of the IET FIRST LEGO League Whirlpool Peterborough tournament for the 2021/22 season. This is Whirlpool UK’s third year funding the event in Peterborough, including the sponsorship of 15 local primary school teams to take part, as well as the provision of a LEGO SPIKE Prime robot.
Whirlpool UK has also announced the return of the IET FIRST LEGO League Whirlpool Bristol tournament. Whirlpool UK is funding the event, including the sponsorship of 10 primary schools across the city to take part, as well as the provision of a LEGO Mindstorms or SPIKE Prime robot, worth around £450.
A global STEM competition, FIRST LEGO League Challenge sees over 679,000 young people from around the world participating each year. Regional events will take place across the UK in December 2021 and January 2022, with victorious teams having the opportunity to progress to the national final, and then the international championships later in the year.
The IET FIRST LEGO League Whirlpool Peterborough tournament will take place on 15th January 2022, with the Bristol tournament taking place on 22nd January 2022. From October until January, teams will be busy designing, building and programming their robots to complete a series of ‘missions’ on a LEGO playing field. At the tournament, teams will put their robots to the test, going head-to-head to score as many points as possible during the 2.5 minute robot games.
Ian Moverley, public affairs director for Whirlpool UK, said: “We are extremely excited to once again be running the FIRST LEGO League Challenge for our Peterborough community; it’s become an annual calendar fixture that we all look forward to hosting here at Whirlpool UK. I’m also delighted that we’re able to bring this fantastic global tournament to our Bristol community once again. FIRST LEGO League does a brilliant job of engaging and inspiring young people to achieve their potential all over the globe, and we want to make sure that remains ever present in our local areas. This year, we are sponsoring 15 primary schools in Peterborough and 10 primary schools in Bristol to take part, and after a tough 18 months for us all, I hope the challenges are going to bring a lot of fun and learning to all involved!”