TWO teams of robotic fans stood above the rest in last week's First Lego League in the Eastern Cape and will go on to compete in the national championships in Johannesburg in December.
Team Turbolution, who placed first, competed against runner-up Real Steel and seven other teams at the NMMU Indoor Sports Centre, hosted by the School of Information and Communication Technology.
First Lego League (FLL) is an international robotics programme offering a real-world challenge to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination with Lego robotics.
The two teams have now been invited to participate on a national level in Newtown on December 7. If they perform well at the tournament, they may be invited to participate in the FLL World Festival hosted in St Louis, Missouri, in April next year.
Team Turbolution is made up of siblings Rachael and Emma Saunders and Eirene and Devan de Beer. Rachael attends Lorraine Primary School and the other three team members are home-schooled. Coached by Natasha Saunders, they elected to tackle floods. Second-placed home-schooled Real Steel, a team of six, coached by Rushka Johnson, chose wildfires.
South African FLL convener Johannes de Vries said: "This event was of international quality and is worthy of being sent to US-based FLL and used [here] for marketing and training."