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FIRST ® LEGO ® League 2013 tournament held in Girona

The Salvauth Park team from Girona wins the local tournament of the FIRST LEGO League in Girona

28/01/2013

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The Salvauth Park team won first prize in the FIRST LEGO League robotics tournament, which took place on 27/01/2013 morning at the Polytechnic College (EPS) of the University of Girona. The 22 teams involved were competing for nine prizes in the ‘Senior Solutions’ challenge, the aim of which is to design solutions to improve elderly people’s quality of life.

The Robot Design Award went to Androids Cassà

The Robot Behaviour Award went to Eugenials 2013

The Entrepreneurship Award went to INS Viedreres

The Coach Award went to Geeks de la Nit

The Promising Young People Award went to LegoGran

The FIRST LEGO League Values Award went to Mini Salvauth Park

The Scientific Project Award went to Lego Maníacs Casa Nostra

2nd Prize was awarded to Alexandre Deulofeu 99

1st GMV Prize was awarded to Salvauth Park

The University of Girona, the Prince of Girona Foundation and the Scientia Foundation, with the support of the UdG’s Social Council, worked together to organise this international robotics competition addressed to young people aged between 10 and 16 years. The participants –who come from different parts of the counties of Girona, Maresme and Osona– built programmable robots using pieces of LEGO and developed a scientific project to provide innovative and creative solutions to make life easier for elderly people. The robots designed by the participants also had to complete some exciting challenges against the clock.

For the first time, the event has opened its doors to children aged between 6 and 9 years, who presented their proposals for the ‘Super Seniors’ challenge. In this case, it was not a competition but a chance to share ideas displayed on a poster –solutions also designed to improve the quality of life of elderly people– with the aim of promoting creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and team spirit through an interest in science and technology. The team work involved inter-generational interaction, as the participants had to involve a ‘senior’ partner who could help them identify the difficulties faced by elderly people in their daily lives. The projects received the attention of a scientific committee made up of researchers from the UdG, and all the entries were praised.

Attending the event were Minister for Education of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia, Irene Rigau; the Mayor of Girona, Carles Puigdemont; Dean Anna M. Geli, and the Chairman of the Prince of Girona Foundation, Antoni Esteve.

From Girona to the grand finale

The first and second prizes give the winning teams, Salvauth Park and Alexandre Deulofeu 99, the opportunity to take part in the Spanish finals, which will be held in Tarragona on 17 March. The judges have chosen these projects because they stood out as models of respect for the FIRST LEGO League values and because they achieved excellence and innovation both in the design of their robots and their scientific projects. If these teams continue to complete all the challenges successfully, they will go on to battle it out at the grand finale, the World Festival, which will be held in the city of St. Louis in the USA.

This year Girona has welcomed the participation of more than 300 children and young people, between the official competition and the Junior FIRST LEGO League. The qualifying tournament at the Polytechnic College is just one of the 18 events taking place in Spain this year, 2013.

 

 

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