The NXT Challenge 2012 is a national robotics competition which has been organised by the eLearning Centre in the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education as part of EMBED . All Maltese secondary schools were invited to participate in this robotics challenge which was open for all Secondary Computing students aged between the ages of 13 to 15.
Students showed enthusiasm whilst working through the given task. Also, it was interesting to see how the students used their problem solving skills to come up with a solution to the given task. Some teams used flowcharts to draft a plan on how this should be solved. Others worked by trial and error to refine their solution to the problem. During this hands on task, the students were able to learn in a non-traditional way rather than a formal traditional environment. Moreover as also evidenced in the NXT workshops, such robotic kits enable students to collaborate together whilst learning at their own pace.
All participating schools, in particular students are to be commended. All competing students will be receiving a certificate of participation. Schools will be receiving these by post. The first three schools have been awarded the following prizes kindly sponsored by IMS Ltd, the local suppliers of the Lego Education kits.
One trusts that this learning activity has been enjoyable.
The winning teams for this year were St. Augustine’s College, De La Salle College, and St Ignatius Girls Secondary School.