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Lego Challenge

From 22/May/2019 to 12/Jul/2019
Venue: Gateshead College (opposite the Nissan plant) Washington Road Sunderland SR5 3HE
Price: Free

Nissan would like to invite your school to participate in the FIRST® LEGO® League challenge for 2019/2020.  In partnership with The Reece Foundation, IET and Creative Hut we will be funding Primary and Secondary schools to take part in the architecture and STEM-themed “CITY SHAPER” Challenge. 

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE is the world's largest STEM competition, consisting of:

  • 36,000 teams
  • 91 countries 
  • 57 tournaments and 830 teams in the UK & Ireland tournament

It is the only robotics competition that is based on life skills, preparing young people for employment in the 21st-century workplace.


This is the second year we have participated in this challenge and this year is going to be huge - we are hoping to have the biggest competition yet with 90 teams in total, 30 teams per day;

In January we had 50 teams, taking 3 teams to the National final in Bristol.


To take part, all you need is:

  • A team of up to ten 9-16-year-olds
  • Adult Coach to support and mentor the team.  Training will be provided to your coach free of charge
  • Commit to taking part in a regional tournament that will take place in December (date to be confirmed) and attend the National Final if successful.


Nissan will donate the following equipment:

  • 3 LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education sets
  • 1 challenge mat/field
  • 3 expansion sets
  • Support with training for each team (if required)



This equipment is sent to the school on a long-term loan, with the commitment that the school will attend the tournaments. If, for any reason, you cannot take part Nissan will collect the kit and redistribute to another school.

Funding will be available to travel to the National Final (venue/date to be confirmed at a later date). We will be taking 6 teams to the National Final.


Dates of regional tournaments:



Tuesday 10th December (30 teams)

Wednesday 11th December (30 teams)

Thursday 12th December (30 teams)



Gateshead College (opposite the Nissan plant)

Washington Road




What you need to do to enrol:

All you need to do is complete the Expression of Interest form and return to: NissanSkillsFoundation@nissan-nmuk.co.uk

This will be open for 2 weeks, and schools will be informed if they are successful as soon as possible.


If your application is successful we will host a launch session (hopefully before the end of July, where you can collect your kit).


Drop in/help sessions will be available for those schools who need any help. These will be scheduled at a later date.

For information regarding the new challenge for 2019/2020 please click here. Check out the official flyer with further information here


Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST® LEGO® League teams research a real-world problem and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO® robotics technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.

It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s signature Core Values.


Proven, verifiable impact!

The positive impact FIRST® LEGO® League has on participants is gratifying and well documented. From the 32,000 teams taking part, over 88% are more interested in doing well in school, and 87% have more interest in attending college.


FIRST® LEGO® League teams get to:

  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO®  technology
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills 
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations
  • Understand and practice Gracious Professionalism®
Website: https://youtu.be/-Xd5I8ZWy3s
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