Space adventurers take on FIRST® LEGO® League 2018

3-2-1 LEGO! On Saturday 17 November the 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League tournament launched at The Cube. 36 teams took part in the INTO ORBIT challenge and displayed STEM skills that were out of this world!

Susan Street, Executive Director of QUT Precincts, opening the 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League tournament at The Cube

For this season’s INTO ORBIT project, the teams had to identify a physical or social problem faced by humans during long duration space exploration within our Sun’s solar system, and propose a solution. The Judges were absolutely blown away with the wide array of creative ideas which encompassed everything from space farming, to huggable companion robots for lonely space explorers!

Teams turned up with their EV3 LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots ready to compete in three rounds of lightning-fast competition. During the challenge season, students work hard to build, code, and practice their INTO ORBIT missions to prepare for the big day.

UCSC Robots from Upper Coomera State College preparing for orbit on game tables

It was an incredibly high-charged set of robots that competed! Here’s a snapshot of the top 10 robot performance scores of the day:

Robo Royals Chancellor State College Secondary 160
Flagstone Firefoxes Flagstone State Community College 116
Kelvin Grove Kelvin Grove State College 109
Code Breakers St Eugene College 106
Starburst St Eugene College 96
Sunnybots Jnr Sunnybank 92
BSHS Navy Brisbane State High School 90
Sunnybots Sunnybank SHS 80
Woodcrest Warriors Woodcrest State College 76
RoboKings Chancellor State College Secondary 72
Robo Royals from Chancellor State College with their awards for overall Champions, as well as Robot Performance

Well done to all the teams, and a special congratulations to Robo Royals, from Chancellor State College Secondary, who took out the Robot Performance Award the and overall Champion’s Award!

St Eugene College teams

The judges were not only looking at robot performance, but also judging the Robot Design, Project, and Core Values aspects of the competition. Judges were impressed by AC Robotics (Albany Creek State High School), E2Cyborgz (Young Engineers), and Code Breakers (St Eugene College) awarding them Robot Design awards.

Teams demonstrated the FIRST® LEGO® League core values of; discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism® throughout the day with  Nudgee Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) (St Joseph’s Nudgee College), Flagstone Firefoxes (Flagstone State Community College), and BSHS Cerise Navy (Brisbane State High School) dazzling the Judges with their clear communication of Core Values.

Space_A1 (Stuartholme School) in front of their project presentation

Project Judges had a very challenging job as there were so many outstanding teams! They selected BSHS Navy (Brisbane State High School), MGH1 Peanuts (Mount Gravatt State High School), and RoboKings (Chancellor State College Secondary) for exemplary project awards.

There were even teams who received special judges awards for going the extra mile:

Judges awards:

  • Rising Star: Girl Power – Samford State School
  • Defying Gravity: Sunnybots Jnr – Sunnybank
  • Astronomical Attitude: Starburst – St Eugene College
  • Rocket Resillience: Kelvin Grove – Kelvin Grove State College
  • Stellar Confidence: Brains of Steel – Warrigal Road State School

The Cube staff would like to give a special round of thanks to all the amazing star volunteers who made the 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League possible!

2018 FIRST® LEGO® League volunteers in the robot game arena

2018 Wrap-Up Stats

  • 36 teams
  • 70 volunteers
  • Around 500 visitors including teams, coaches and spectators
  • 16 awards

Congratulations to all the teams, coaches, volunteers and staff for an out of this world INTO ORBIT season! We hope to see you back at The Cube in 2019.


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