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Gatwick hosts LEGO® robotics tournament with STEM Sussex



Gatwick Airport is hosting one of the most exciting events for students.

It is the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for the UK and Ireland from The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Gatwick Airport who are hosting and STEM Sussex have co-ordinated the South East region the LEGO® robotics tournament for local schools.


Students from 8 schools across Sussex and Surrey are taking part:

The Warwick School

St Lawrence CEP

Godolphin & Latymer

Reigate School

Brighton and Hove High School

Newick CE Primary School

Reigate St Mary’s Prep School

Heathfield Comunity College


FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is an international robotics-based competition to excite young people aged 9 to 16 years about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and to give them life skills such as team work and communication.

10 students attend from each school. The ‘roboteers’ have up to 10 weeks before the tournament to build and program their robots around this year’s Animal Allies theme then they put them through their paces to complete a set of missions on the thematic play surface.


The teams are then judged on their ability to build and program the robot, their research, teamwork and presentation skills. The overall winners, announced later today, go through to the National Finals. The winners of the National Finals will then represent the UK and Ireland at either the European Open Championships or the FIRST LEGO® League World Festival.

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Council have plans in place for ‘Beast from the East’

Salting operations are to continue throughout the period; snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.



Yellow warnings for snow in Crawley have been issued by the Met Office until Wednesday. Photo: MetOffice

Snowfall will be effecting most of the country over the forthcoming week and the Met Office have issued yellow weather warnings for snow as well as amber warnings for some areas.

Following these warnings, West Sussex County Council have said they have plans in place to keep main roads open.

A West Sussex Highways spokesman said:

“Precautionary salting operations will continue throughout the period and snow ploughs will be fitted when required to ensure main roads are kept open.

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“We are therefore advising Town and Parish Councils to be prepared to enact their Winter Management Plans IF and when we issue an instruction to do so.”

A further update will be issued later today.

The County Council’s winter campaign website page has several sections giving advice on ‘staying warm’ please click here.

If you know or look after someone who may be susceptible to the effects of this cold weather period, please help ensure they stay warm and well and check in advance that they are prepared for this cold spell.

WSCC have offered some general advice including:

• Stay tuned in to weather forecasts.
• Check and maintain daytime room temperatures of 21°C.
• Check bedroom night-time temperatures and maintain it at 18°C or warmer.
• Keep warm and active and, if you have to go out, dress warmly and wear non-slip shoes.
• If you are concerned about your own health or welfare, or that of others, please alert the emergency services – details: emergency services.

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