The central hall of the University of Grimstad was full of kids who competed in operating a robot and in presenting the outcomes of their research.
1. Some teams were very good, others were very poor. The best two teams were also the youngest (average 11 years old).
2. The oldest team, with an average age of 18 years, was one of the poor performers.
What does this tell us about education? Schools do not contribute so much between the age of 11 and 18 in the fields we assessed in the LEGO League. Kids in the age of 11 and 12 year can handle much more than we think. We certainly have to utilise this energy and these skills when they are still young.
3. In the team that won overall, all team members operated the robot and took turns in the competition. This was also the only team, in which both girls and boys operated the robot.