The UK final for the 2006 First Lego League competition completed recently. The competition is an excellant way for young people to get involved with technology; from researching the technical theme to building and programming a lego robot to complete tasks against the clock.
The teams can be of up to 10 young people aged 9 to 16. As well as competing with their robot the teams have to address three different judging panels on their research project results, teamworking and the experience of building and programming their robot.
Take a look at some of the fantastic robots built by the UK finalists. I love the hammer action 'terminator'!
Find out more about the competition at http://www.firstlegoleague.org/default.aspx?pid=690
And some of the team sites:
Team: Nano Mania http://www.nanomania.org
Team: Gecko Geeks http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/news/2006/FLL_Winners/
Team: Next Generation www.thenxtgeneration.co.uk