FIRST LEGO League International Open Championship
21 - 25 June 2017 | Bath, UK
About The IET
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 167,000 members in 150 countries. It is also the most multidisciplinary – to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of engineering in the 21st century. The IET is working to engineer a better world by inspiring, informing and influencing our members, engineers and technicians, and all those who are touched by, or touch, the work of engineers.
The IET supports teachers of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to inspire students to remain studying these subjects and to consider engineering as a career. We provide free teaching resources for the classroom, along with other IET supported enhancement and enrichment activities for primary and secondary schools.
FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. are ideal programmes for developing the skills that children will need to follow pathways into engineering careers. The IET is the UK and Ireland operational partner for both these programmes and has helped to grow the main FIRST® LEGO® League competition in the UK and Ireland to involve over 600 teams annually, all competing against one another over 40 regional finals. The winners of each regional event go forward to the National final in February. The overall winner and category winners of the National final go forward to represent the UK and Ireland at the international final in the USA and the Open European Championships.
The running of the FIRST® LEGO® League is based upon many successful partnerships with both industry and academia, many of whom have strong links with the IET. Our partners host and run regional finals and often contribute financially to the running of the competition.
In addition, the IET also runs a primary focused competition: FIRST® LEGO® League Jr for the UK and Ireland, which is an ‘expo-style’ challenge for six to nine year olds. Currently this only takes place in a few areas within the territory; however, the intention is to grow this each year.
The IET is proud to be hosting the FIRST® LEGO® League International Open Championship at the University of Bath – and it’s the first time an Open Championship has been hosted in the UK. We are working collaboratively with the Open Championship in Denmark, also in 2017 and looking to bring 100 teams from around the world to this outstanding STEM celebration event.