Tesla Minions Triumph at 2023 FIRST Lego League Northern Cape Robotics competition

By SARAO Comms

In a thrilling showcase of creativity, innovation, and engineering prowess, the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) hosted the 2023 FIRST Lego League Northern Cape Provincial Robotics competition at Carnarvon High School on Saturday, 4 November 2023.

Teams from across the region gathered to present their LEGO robots, each designed to tackle a series of challenges that put their technical skills and problem-solving abilities to the test. The atmosphere was charged with excitement as the teams navigated their creations through the intricate tasks set forth by the competition.

After a day of intense competition, it was the Tesla Minions who emerged victorious, claiming the championship title. The team’s exceptional performance showcased not only their dedication and teamwork but also their ability to tackle complex challenges with creative solutions.

The Tesla Minions’ winning streak has earned them a coveted invitation to the Nationals in Johannesburg, scheduled for 1 – 2 December 2023 at the SciBono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg. This prestigious event, hosted through the FirstSA, brings together the brightest young minds in robotics from across the country.

Winning champions Tesla Minions posing with Dr. Patricia Gouws (FirstSA Partner), Mr. Henry Abrahams (Principal of Carnarvon High School), Mr Gordon Lottering (Principal of JJ Booysen Primary School) and Mr Esau Hoorn (Mayor of the Kareeberg Municipality).

SARAO Schools Programme has been instrumental in fostering a passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among South Africa’s youth. By providing a platform for students to engage in hands-on robotics challenges, the programme aims to inspire the next generation of innovators and problem solvers.

As the Tesla Minions, Sharp Shooters, Music Masters, Zero 2 Heroes and Robot Rangers prepare to represent the Northern Cape at the Nationals in Johannesburg, the entire community is buzzing with anticipation. The journey from Carnarvon High School to the national stage is a testament to the hard work and dedication exhibited by these young robotics enthusiasts.

Stay tuned for more updates as the teams gear up for the Nationals, carrying the hopes and aspirations of the Northern Cape to the forefront of the national robotics scene. The future of STEM in South Africa looks brighter than ever, thanks to the passion and talent displayed by these incredible young minds.

Group photo of the Robotics Teams that will represent the Northern Cape at the FLL National Competition.


Team Music Masters from Carnarvon Primary School


Team Zero 2 Heroes from Kimberley Technical High School


Team Robo Rangers from the Hoërskool Douglas


Team Tesla Minions from Carnarvon High School


Team Sharp shooters from Carnarvon High School

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