THE “Lego Green City Challenge” came to Kemnay Academy earlier this month, when S1 pupils, members of the “Gadget Gang”, acted as team mentors for pupils from the academy’s network primary schools.
S1 pupil Ross Palin wrote the following report for the Herald on the days activities.
“On Tuesday (March 6) I and all the other “Gadget Gang” members left our regular school lessons to take part in the Lego Green City Challenge”. We were put into teams with p6 pupils from the feeder primary schools; Alehousewells, Kinellar, Kemnay and Kintore. Gadget Gang members became mentors of teams and I lead a team consisting of Malek Kouadria (Kintore), Ben Breen (Kinellar) and Natasha Cooper (Alehousewells).
“Two men from Lego Education, Neil Taylor and Matt Parks, came to run the days event. I was honoured to find out that we were the first people in the whole of Scotland to try this task. Our first task was to build a Lego robot from some simple pieces. Once we had built the robot, we learned to programme it using a programme on a computer. We started by making it go forwards and backwards and then made it use more complicated commands like turns.
“Our first challenge was to use the robot to push a Lego barge into a Lego dam to create hydro energy and release the energy block. To do this we had to programme the robot to move forward. If we thought that was hard our next task, to put a blockage on a power plant, was even harder.
“We had to do this by picking up a piece of Lego to block it. We had to build an arm to pick up the block and move it over to the power plant. Only one team managed to pick up the “plug”, and that group led by Michael Garden. Were eventual winners.
There were other medals for “Best Mentor”, which I won along with Ryan Docherty, Jay Kennard and Fiona Jack. Zoe Till from Kintore Primary also won a medal for her input and leadership skills. The medal for most enthusiastic team went to the “Bom Boms” led by Dillon Duguid.
Overall the day was extremely eventful and very interesting. I was very happy with my medal and would definitely go back again if I get the chance.”