TEAMS of lego robotic enthusiasts descended on Teesside University at the weekend for a special tournament.

Up to 180 pupils from schools across the North-East took part in the Lego League Robotics Tournament . They had to design, built and programme a Lego Mindstorm Robot to complete a series of missions which were battled out in timed rounds on tournament tables.

They also had to present their ideas to a panel of judges who will mark them according to their research, team work, problem solving and technical skills.

It is the fourth year the event has been held at Teesside University and this year’s theme focused on improving the quality of life of the elderly by helping them continue to be more independent and connected in their communities.

Vicky Rushin-Chape, senior lecturer in computing at Teesside University, said: “The event helps pupils to think about solving real-world problems in a computing context and develop key skills crucial for their future careers. This is an excellent opportunity for the university to engage with young people who may well become the next generation of computer scientists."