FIRST LEGO League International Open Championship

21 - 25 June 2017 | Bath, UK

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University of Bath

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.




Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Bechtel designs and builds mega projects like oil and gas plants, railways, airports, bridges, power solutions and water systems to support the planet’s growing population. Bechtel is also involved in environmental clean-ups and helping communities protect themselves from natural disasters.

Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects – many first-of-a-kind – across 160 countries on all seven continents.

Bechtel is committed to supporting the next generation of engineers. In addition to working with organisations like FIRST® LEGO® League, we are proud to present the new IMAX® film, DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World.

This amazing film, narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.
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LEGO Education

In order to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow, the LEGO® Group has dedicated more than 80 years to understanding how pupils play and learn. Being part of the LEGO® Group, LEGO® Education plays a decisive role in igniting pupil engagement in learning by giving them a hands-on experience that encourages learning through physical and digital creation.

We are LEGO® Education. For more than 35 years we have been working with teachers and educational specialists to deliver playful learning experiences that bring subjects to life in the classroom and make learning fun and impactful. We have a wide range of physical and digital educational resources that encourage pupils to think creatively, reason systematically and release their potential to shape their own future.

Our solutions for teaching and hands-on learning inspire interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM), targeted at preschool, primary and secondary school. These are based on the LEGO system for playful learning combined with curriculum-relevant material and digital resources.

With educational sets, lesson plans and curriculum material, assessment tools and teacher training and support, we can help teachers meet their curriculum objectives and provide them with the tools they need to make learning inspiring, engaging and effective.

We believe that expanding knowledge and building academic and 21st century skills will create active, collaborative, lifelong learners. Together with teachers, we aim to enable every pupil to succeed in education and be prepared for future life challenges.


Curriculum material, software and teaching support now freely available at:



The James Dyson Foundation

The James Dyson Foundation is the charitable arm of Dyson Ltd. Its mission: to inspire the next generation of engineers.

The James Dyson Foundation gives young people a window into the exciting, high-tech reality of a career in engineering. Prototyping workshops in local schools show young people that engineering is also inventive and creative.

Our free educational resources introduce them to the design process – and even allow them to reverse engineer Dyson technology.

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Wessex Water

We are a regional water and sewerage business serving 2.8 million customers across the south west of England, UK. We treat and supply 280 million litres of water a day.

To keep our customers water fresh and clean we maintain and operate hundreds of water sources, treatment works, service reservoirs and water pumping stations. This water flows through 7,200 miles of pipes that we maintain, repair and often replace. Each day we take away 470 million litres of sewage. That is everything you flush or drain away. We look after 21,4000 miles of sewers. Almost enough to go around the world once!

All our staff provide excellent customer service while protecting and improving the environment. Each year we spend £732million protecting rivers, lakes and estuaries and improving water quality along with another £155million improving the quality of the South West beaches by increasing level of treatment and waste water storage.

From engineers to scientists and fisheries rangers to energy analysts, our 2,400 employees are at the heart of our business. We employ apprentices, graduates and skilled staff to make our business work effectively. All so that our customers can fill up their glass, water their garden or take a shower.

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Twitter: @wessexwater



STA Travel

STA Travel are the world’s largest student and youth travel company. STA Travel has over 400 stores in 85 countries worldwide and offers 24/7 global travel help. At STA Travel, we're here with you every step of the way when organising your trip, whether its flight only, flights and accommodation or anything else we offer, we’re happy to help. If you’d like us to help arrange your group flights for the LEGO league at The University of Bath please contact us on +44 (0) 161 258 0702 or email or visit

We look forward to hearing from you shortly!

Evaluation report

Download the 31-page FIRST® LEGO® League International Open Championship evaluation report:

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