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Lego Lunatics Just Miss Out on Final!

Published Thursday 27th of November 2014 03:13:27 PM

CHILDREN from a Calne school have used the powers of Lego and robotics to fine tune the way people with learning disabilities are taught to play a musical instrument.

The pupils from St Margaret's Preparatory School impressed the judges at the regional heats of the 'First LEGOLeague' competition held at Hewlett Packard in Bristol and came away with the Core Values Trophy. Their ability to support each other won them the award for showing that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.

The pupils from Year 6, who adopted the name Lego Lunatics, made it to the semi-finals of the main competition for teams from across the south west and finished third, just missing out on a place in the final.

The theme for this year's contest was 'The Future of Learning' and the team researched ways adults could better understand how children need and want to learn. They then went on to try and find a better way to teach playing a musical instrument to someone disabled and programmed a robot to solve a set of demanding missions.

Headmistress Karen Cordon said: 'The Lego Lunatics represented
St Margaret's superbly both in terms of presentation and programming. The LEGOLeague is always an amazing experience for all concerned. As well as learning so much, the children hope that adults may have learnt a great deal from them too.'

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