News & events


FIRST Lego League goes from strength to strength

Third Quarter 2020 News & events

FIRST (for inspiration and recognition of science and technology) is an international organisation that aims to generate an interest in mathematics, science and technology through the use of robotics programs. The building blocks are Lego. Competing against other teams, participants research and solve real-world problems, present their research and solutions and build an autonomous robot using engineering concepts. Bringing robotics technology to students in disadvantaged communities can have a profound impact at every level.

While the Covid pandemic brought the world to a standstill, the FIRST community has been working very hard to adopt new ways of doing and thinking and has unveiled a fresh new look for FIRST Lego League (FLL). The new program now encompasses three divisions for ages 4 to 6, 6 to 10 and 10 to 16. With the growing number of teams and FIRST programs in South Africa and neighbouring countries, FIRST SA has also expanded its key management team.

To increase the growth and support of teams before the new season launch amid the constraints of Covid, FIRST SA is hosting a Virtual Live Learning Programme using the Virtual Robotics Toolkit, Google classroom and Lego Digital Designer. This is made possible by generous support from its sponsors and donors. In-person regional competitions are planned for early 2021 and FIRST is also developing a remote competition option for the Explore and Challenge competitions.

The dedicated FIRST SA team is committed to developing a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the youth of southern Africa. For more information about the 2020/2021 season visit https://motioncontrol.co.za/papers/lego_league.pdf




Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Hydraulics training course with CPD points
Third Quarter 2020 , News & events
The Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group training department has received its first CESA-validated CPD points for its three day hydraulics training course. Already merSETA accredited, the course has now been ...

Read more...
Siemens joins forces with the National Ventilator Project
Third Quarter 2020, Siemens Digital Industries , News & events
Siemens has been a long-standing partner of the CSIR in South Africa and has co-operated in various fields of research, including manufacturing and mining. The CSIR, in collaboration with a number of ...

Read more...
HAW has the stockholding to meet customer demand
Third Quarter 2020 , News & events
Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse has taken measures to assist with seamless production for its customers’ operations with its new large stockholding of products. The company increased its stockholding ...

Read more...
Hytec opens branch in Lephalale
Third Quarter 2020 , News & events
Hytec South Africa, a member of the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group, officially opened its new branch in Lephalale, Limpopo in January 2020. The branch will provide a fast turnaround service, supply ...

Read more...
Energy efficient mining for a better tomorrow
Third Quarter 2020, Danfoss , News & events
Never has there been more of a need for the mining industry to adopt energy efficient measures as part of a successful transition towards a low carbon future. The mining sector needs to rethink its traditional ...

Read more...
BMG launches B2B online shopping platform
Third Quarter 2020 , News & events
News from BMG is the launch in September 2020 of the company’s new online shopping platform − BMG Online − which makes doing business in the industrial sector even easier. “Although the planning, development ...

Read more...
Siemens joins forces with the National Ventilator Project
Second Quarter 2020, Siemens Digital Industries , News & events
Siemens has been a long-standing partner of the CSIR in South Africa and has cooperated in various fields of research, including manufacturing and mining. The CSIR, in collaboration with a number of local ...

Read more...
From the editor's desk: Moving on after loss
Second Quarter 2020, Technews Publishing , News & events
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of our CEO, Vivienne Dorrington, after a long and brave battle with cancer. It was a privilege to have worked with her, and everyone at Technews will ...

Read more...
Back down memory lane
Second Quarter 2020, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA) , News & events


Read more...
Bosch Rexroth appoints distributor in Tanzania
Second Quarter 2020 , News & events
Hytec Services Africa (HSA) has awarded distribution rights in Tanzania to Magare. The company, which supplies services to general industry and the mining sector, will distribute all Bosch Rexroth products ...

Read more...