Schools from Heerenveen and Harlingen win final tickets for FIRST® LEGO® League

FIRST LEGO League 2023

The tension was palpable at the second Frisian regional final of the FIRST® LEGO® League. Fourteen teams, consisting of lego builders from 9 to 15 years, competed Saturday in the central hall and pit of NHL Stenden for the main prize: placement for the national finals. Bornego College from Heerenveen and Sint Michaëlschool from Harlingen clinched the coveted tickets.

The FIRST® LEGO® League challenges children to investigate the social role of engineering and technology through various assignments. Four weeks after the first region final in Fryslân - in Drachten - organizers ROC Friese Poort, CSG Liudger and NHL Stenden welcomed over 140 young LEGO builders to Rengerslaan 10 in Leeuwarden.

In the morning, the fourteen teams started the competitions with their self-programmed LEGO robots. The results consisted of the accumulated scores of the table competitions (getting as many points as possible by executing the missions correctly in 2.5 minutes), the innovation project (assessment by the jury), robot presentation (assessment by the jury) and the core values (cooperation and presentation of the team).

Also a lot of visitors

The event was not only attended by fanatical participants: the event was also well attended by supportive (grand) parents, brothers and sisters. And visitors who just love LEGO. They watched the games, but could also participate in activities themselves. From an Xbox, green screen, ozobots and VR glasses to generating energy with a hydrogen bike from the Gasunie.

Pictures: Tortuga Media / Marina Kamminga

As a break from the competition element, LEGO Masters Ernesto Lemke and Marco ten Hoff (known from the TV show LEGO Masters) took the stage during the break. The duo gave an interactive presentation and told about their LEGO Masters adventure, among other things.

The winners: Bornego College and Sint Michaëlschool

It was one big LEGO party, but meanwhile the teams were also busy with the competition itself. Team REborn from Bornego College in Heerenveen was the big winner and qualified for the national finals. Together with the number two, Kaas Cookies from the Sint Michaëlschool from Harlingen. These two schools may compete with the rest of the Netherlands on Saturday, March 18 in Delft.