£4,250 gift will back youngsters onway to international Lego finals

19 April 2017 5:23PM

More than £4,000 has been donated to a school to help cover costs for pupils taking part in the international finals of the Lego League.

Friends of Ennerdale and Kinniside Primary School received the £4,250 from the Live the Dream Fund to take their Lego team to the finals which are held in Bath in June.

It is the first time the international finals have been held in the UK.

The First Lego League is a science and technology challenge offering nine- to 16-year-olds the chance to solve real-life problems with the help of a Lego robot.

The Ennerdale Engineers were runners-up in the regional finals for North and West earlier this year.

They then competed in the national finals in February where pupils fought off competition from secondary schools across the UK to win the second place trophy in the Robot Performance Award.

David Moore, headteacher of the school, said: “As an extremely small, rurally isolated primary school, children have little exposure to cultural opportunities.

“This international final will give them the chance to meet a huge variety of children from other countries throughout the world. Such an opportunity is unlikely to offer itself again in these children’s school life.”

The Lego competition included robot-building and programming, in addition to showcasing skills such as safety, teamwork, planning and presenting.

Annalee Holliday, grants and donor services officer at Cumbria Community Foundation, said: “By supporting projects which help address the specific needs of communities, we can begin to bridge that gap, and ensure people have the best access to services.”

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit www.cumbriafoundation.org or contact the grants team on 01900 825760.

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