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Published on October 2nd, 2019 | by The GC Team

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Whirlpool to host FIRST® LEGO® League tournament

Whirlpool UK is hosting a FIRST® LEGO® League tournament and is funding the participation of 10 teams from local primary and secondary schools.

FIRST® LEGO® League, whose operational partner in the UK and Ireland is the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), is a global science and technology challenge for 9-16 year olds which sees over 310,000 young people (in 38,800 teams) from across 100 countries come together to develop their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills.

The sponsorship includes all entry fees and a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot provided to the schools.

The initiative is designed to encourage young people to take an interest in real-world issues and develop technology skills. It helps students to engage in their education and also nurtures teamwork, problem-solving and life skills.

Ian Moverley, Public Affairs Director, Whirlpool UK Appliances Ltd, commented: “The FIRST® LEGO® League plays an extremely important role in introducing school children to STEM and helping them to develop the skills they will need for future careers.

“We’ve previously followed the tournament and were always keen to get involved. It’s great that now through our sponsorship, we can enable a wide variety of schools to get stuck in and begin their FIRST® LEGO® League journey.

“I’m looking forward to welcoming the teams to our tournament in January and seeing how their skills develop over the coming months.”

The Whirlpool tournament will take place at the company’s Peterborough offices on Saturday 18th January 2020. Winners will be given the opportunity to progress to the UK final in February and then on to the World Festival in Detroit, Michigan, from 29th April to 2nd May 2020.

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