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8.30 - 9.00 Registration and coffee
9.00 - 9.15 Welcome
9.15 - 9.30 First Lego League, Gareth James and Ahmed Kotb

The international FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) competition is part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) schools programme, which includes funding; STEM enhancement and enrichment; teaching resources; and, careers information. Using LEGO® Mindstorms® teams of students compete in themed robotics challenges but also develop innovative solutions to real-life problems. Gareth's presentation. Ahmed's presentation.

9.30 - 9.45 RobCupJunior, Nicky Hughes

RoboCup is an international robotics competition which was set up in 1997 to promote robotics and Artificial intelligence. RoboCupJunior focuses on education with the aim of getting primary and secondary school aged children to take part in robotic challenges. There are currently three RoboCup Junior leagues: Dance, Rescue and Soccer. RoboCup Junior allows participants to select their own choice of robotic hardware and software. This talk will describe the RobCupJunior leagues, in particular the dance league, and explore how Lego robotics have been used in RoboCupJunior. "How Lego is used in RoboCup and RoboCup Dance. Nicky's presentation.

9.45 - 10.15 Speed Networking Session
10.15 - 10.30 Coffee
10.30 - 12.00 Hands-on workshops

Lego Robotics, John Pinkney

Graphical Programming - science and engineering expeditions from a graph, Chris Rogers

Maths with Robots, Garry Redrup and Sue Johnston-Wilder

12.00 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00-13.45 Keynote: LEGO Engineering in Kindergarten through College, Chris Rogers

In this talk, I will present some of the research and beliefs that resulted in the LEGO Engineering program. Mostly, however, I will show examples of student innovation and creativity from schools around the world, highlighting what made it possible. Starting with the Control Lab Interface and now growing into the new EV3 platform, LEGO robotics and LEGO engineering have helped millions of students drive their own learning and have resulted in everything from robotic animals to an automatic hamburger maker. Chris's presentation.

13.45 - 14.00 DroneTech Challenge: Teaching Innovation Management with Lego Mindstorms, Ali Ahmad

This talk will outline the learning outcomes, format and specific activities of a day-long innovation challenge based on Lego Mindstorms. The session is aimed at the postgraduate level and its overall aim is to simulate the conditions under which corporate innovation occurs – including the requirement for original thinking, managing time and financial controls, providing leadership and working in multi-disciplinary teams and focussing on delivery. Ali's presentation.

14.00 - 14.15 LEGO® Therapy using WeDo and MINDSTORMS, Ashley Green

LEGO Therapy was originated by Daniel LeGoff in the US and researched by Gina Owens (now Gina Gomez de la Cuesta) and colleagues at the Autism Research Centre, University of Cambridge. Ashley's presentation will focus on his five years of experience running LEGO Therapy sessions based on WeDo and MINDSTORMS NXT. Ashley's presentation. Ashley's video clip.

14.15 - 14.30 Technocamps Robotics Competition, Faron Moller

Technocamps is a pan-Wales schools outreach programme run out of Swansea University aimed at introducing young people to the exciting world of computing. This talk will briefly introduce Technocamps and describe its successful First Lego League inspired Robotics competition. Faron's presentation. Faron's video clip.

14.30 - 14.45 Coffee
14.45 - 16.15 Hands-on workshops

Lego Robotics, John Pinkney

Graphical Programming - science and engineering expeditions from a graph, Chris Rogers

Maths with Robots, Garry Redrup and Sue Johnston-Wilder

16.15 - 16.30 Close
16.30 - 17.30 Networking and Nibbles