PUPILS at a Ponteland school are celebrating after they won a prize at Northumberland’s inaugural FIRST LEGO League tournament.

Children from Richard Coates Primary School took part in the competition organised by Northumberland County Council.

The competition saw children, aged from nine-16, design, build and programme their own robots from Lego, competing in teams to solve a series of problems.

The team from Richard Coates came away with the robot design award, but were beaten to the top prize by Shanklea Primary School, which was named regional champions.

The children put their problem solving and team work skills to the test, and Coun. Wayne Daley, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and cabinet member for children’s services, praised the event.

“This is a fantastic initiative that is helping our young people get involved in STEM activities including aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

“It has been brilliant to see the young people of Northumberland come together with their robots that they have spent weeks working on to compete for the first time.”

The event was sponsored by Sage UK, with the company paying for schools’ entry costs.