A team from Carmel Secondary School took second place in the project-presentation category at the 2014 First Lego League World Festival, a competition that combines engineering and computing knowledge with green ideas. Students from more than 70 countries took part in the event, which was held in St Louis, US, from April 23 to 26.
Participants had to build a robot from Lego blocks and make it perform tasks like lifting and moving goods. This year's theme was Nature's Fury and teams had to show how their robots could protect humans and property from natural disasters.
Leung Tin-ching, a Form Three student who led the presentation that won second prize, said she is happy to see their hard work rewarded. "Our idea was to build a manually powered generator in case an earthquake or hurricane caused a blackout," said Tin-ching.
"We discussed our idea with engineers, product designers and university professors to ensure it is feasible before presenting it at the festival. We also built the generator from Lego blocks to try to impress the judges."
Fourth former Tsang Yui-long loved the experience of learning from top students. "The team from Taiwan that won the robot prize built a fabulous robot … it really inspired me," said Yui-long.