For the past three years, Unity Grammar has been providing its students with the opportunity to take part in the First Lego League (FLL), a robotics competition targeted towards students aged 9-16, with the sole goal of inspiring students to learn about science and technology.
FLL challenges students to design, build and program robots using Lego pieces to complete missions and earn the largest number of points possible within two minutes and a half. Alongside the robotics, students are also pushed to their limits as they take on the roles of scientists and engineers, identifying existing problems and creating a valid real-life solution. In most cases the students go on to build functioning prototypes of their inventions and share the findings with the public. Topping it off are the Core Values, a set of values central to the FLL spirit which students must demonstrate in their competitions. Amongst these are Gracious Professionalism, Inclusion and Integration.
In the Hydrodynamics (2017/2018) season, with the growing interest in robotics and the FLL competition, Unity Grammar has made the program larger, establishing a new team. An all-girls team, a push for getting the girls into a field that many consider to be a ‘male dominated.’
The Unity Grammar girls’ team STEM Cells X exceeded by winning the Austral Regional Competition, and receiving awards for Robot Performance and Championship Award. STEM Cells Y have competed at the Sydney Regional Competition which was held at Macquarie University, bringing back a trophy for Robot Programming.
Both teams qualified to the National Competition which will be held on the 2nd and 3rd of December at Macquarie University. After two years of learning, developing and growing, the Unity Grammar STEM Cells seem primed for another successful appearance at an international competition level.