Whirlpool UK Appliances has announced the return of the FIRST LEGO League Whirlpool Peterborough and Bristol tournaments for the 2022/23 season. Now in its fourth-year of funding the event in Peterborough, Whirlpool UK will be giving 15 local primary schools the opportunity to take part in the fun, global, science and technology competition. Whirlpool UK is fully funding all teams and providing them each with a LEGO SPIKE Prime robot, worth around £350.
The tournament will take place at the World of Whirlpool showroom in Peterborough on 21st March 2023, while the Bristol tournament is taking place on Tuesday 7th March 2023 at Whirlpool UK’s site in Yate. Following a successful second year in Bristol, the appliance manufacturer is providing fully funded places and robotics equipment to 12 local primary school teams.
The FIRST LEGO League Challenge sees over 679,000 young people from around the world participating each year to design and build competitive LEGO robots. ‘Superpowered’ is the theme of this year’s challenge, which will encourage teams to present a solution to improve how energy can be stored, used and transferred.
At the tournaments, as well as being judged on the technical design of their robots, teams will have to demonstrate to a panel of industry judges how they have considered Discovery, Teamwork, and Impact. Participating teams will be in with the chance to represent Peterborough and Bristol at the national finals later in the year.
Ian Moverley, communications director, Whirlpool UK Appliances Limited, said: “We are delighted to be engaging with schools in the Peterborough and Bristol areas to enable local children to participate in this unique competition and to host the event in-person for the communities again. Building on the success of last year’s events, we are also pleased to be able to offer fully sponsored places to an additional two schools in Bristol. We hope that, by providing all teams with the robots and everything they need to compete, we can inspire more young people to develop critical STEM and transferable skills, including creativity and perseverance.”