Russian hovercraft inspires Lego team

By IW Feb 27, 2022

Priory School’s Lego Club recently took part in the Portsmouth and Isle of Wight First Lego League competition.

The competition, held at HMS Temeraire in Portsmouth, posed several challenges, including building and programming a robot to navigate various obstacles and producing an innovative idea that could solve a problem within the distribution sector.

The Whippingham-based school’s winning idea was to build a hovercraft, based on a Russian Zubr-class landing craft, designed to carry tanks and other military equipment. Priory School’s hovercraft contained a squadron of smaller hovercraft, to deliver goods across difficult-to-reach locations. The group also factored in environmental impacts by incorporating an idea to clean the seas.

They were all then required to take part in the presentation to explain their ideas to the judges.

Mrs Dale, computer science teacher and Lego Club leader, said: “Overall, it was an excellent day and we were extremely proud of the team as they were called up to receive the winning trophy for the Innovation Challenge. Their Lego hovercraft is a brilliant idea! Who knows? Your next parcel could arrive by hovercraft!”