On 8-9 December, the Quidditch Queens, an all-girls team of Scouts from the South Coast and Tablelands Region, competed at the Australian National Championship for the FIRST LEGO League. After months of preparation and stellar performances at the Wollongong Regional and then NSW State competitions, the Quidditch Queens placed 14th out of 70 teams in the robot game and received the 2nd place award for their programming.
The team received the top programming award in the Wollongong Regional Championships, and a Judges award for their research project at the NSW State Championships. This year had a space theme and the team’s choice of research project was around developing a kit to allow mothers to give birth in zero gravity.
The Quidditch Queens join several other Scout teams around the State participating in FIRST LEGO League, including the Cyborg Piglets (an all-boys team also from the SCT Region) who did very well in the Wollongong Regional championships, and 1st Cobargo who competed in the Ulladulla Regional tournament.
FIRST LEGO league is a competition designed to encourage and inspire STEM for children, with competitors in the 9 to 16 year old range – including Cubs, Scouts, and Venturers. Rovers are welcome as coaches and mentors. The judging strongly values teamwork, friendly competition with teams assisting other teams, and the kids doing it themselves – all of which aligns strongly with the values of Scouting.
A special thanks to Andrew and Lyndell Clark for their work in mentoring the Quidditch Queens, as well as to 1st East Ryde Scout Group for accommodating the team during the Nationals.
If you are interested in creating a FIRST LEGO League team in your Group, District or Region, please contact Andrew, Regional Leader (Activities) for SCT Region on 0403 390 547.