FIRST LEGO League International Open Championship

21 - 25 June 2017 | Bath, UK

Image of the University of Bath 50th anniversary logo

The venue - University of Bath

Image of the University of Bath 50th anniversary logo

Additional information:

The University of Bath is pleased to be hosting the FIRST® LEGO® League International Open Championship (IOC) as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations.

The University of Bath was founded in 1966 and therefore celebrates its 50th year in 2016. It is well established as a top ten UK University and the large majority of the research carried out is classified as world leading or excellent. In addition to Bath’s academic success, it has established itself as a centre of excellence for sport, with many of the UK’s Olympic athletes based at Bath whilst studying for a degree. Many international teams in various sports make use of the facilities at the University of Bath prior to major competitions.

The FIRST® LEGO® League competition reflects our own values: a determination to excel, an enterprising approach, an international perspective, a supportive culture, and a collaborative style of working. We are delighted to be helping to bring the International Open Championship to the UK for the first time, and look forward to welcoming competitors from around the world.

During the last few years, the University has experienced a substantial growth in student numbers and has undergone a large building program. This includes buildings specifically designed for the different faculties and a huge increase in accommodation for on campus accommodation for the student population.

How to get here

The City of Bath is situated in the South West of England, about 190km west of London. It is served by good, rail, road and airport links. Find out more about Visa guidelines and travel information to support your visit to the International Open Championship.

Accommodation and food

Teams competing in the FIRST® LEGO® League IOC competition will able to stay in this newly built housing and will be able to experience the globally diverse food offered by the catering staff. The judging rooms have the latest IT and audio visual capabilities and the pit area, stem fair and robot arena are all within the same building called the Sports Training Village. What is more; the accommodation, restaurants and tournament venue are all within 800m of one another and all have been built with accessibility in mind. Find more information about the accommodation and food arrangements.

Visit Bath and other places of interest

Schedules for teams have been tailored to provide some downtime between judging sessions and tournament rounds. Teams are free to choose how they wish to use this free time; meeting other teams, practising the robot etc. Alternatively, teams and family can take advantage of the frequent buses, running every 10 minutes, and only just over a mile to Bath City Centre, where they can then experience the various tourist attractions that this World Heritage city offers.

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