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Pupils from a local school have been crowned winners of regional Lego competition

Harton Primary School in South Shields have been crowned winners of a regional lego compeition. Children attended The Word in South Shields town centre for the regional Lego League competition where they competed against other teams from local schools.

First Lego League teams compete in three areas: an innovation project; a robot run; and Core Values. For the innovation project, students are tasked to choose a problem and develop a solution. First Lego League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling or energy. This year, the theme “Masterpiece” asked children to explore ways to communicate, engage, and entertain an audience of any size.

Harton Primary Puzzlers with Customs House Chief Executive Ray Spencer

The team spoke to a number of different organisations including The Glass House (formerly The Sage, Gateshead), Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields Museum, The Customs House and more organisations from across the North East.

The children were able to share their project and develop their idea through feedback from people from these venues.

Using existing posters, the team were able to superimpose their videos to showcase events including South Shields Restaurant Week and The Scran Exhibition at South Shields Museum.

Mrs Ratcliffe, headteacher of Harton Primary School, added: “I’m so proud of the fantastic teamwork the children have shown throughout this season and especially at the regional competition.”

The team is made up of three Year 5 pupils – Archie, Heath and Naira – and two Year 6 pupils – Ellis and Maizie.

This is the fifth year that the Harton Primary Puzzlers have won the First Lego League regional.

The team are now all set to travel to Harrogate on Saturday, 20 April. along with Westoe Crown Primary who also won a place in the competition.