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Trio head to USA after winning Lego competition

Three teenagers from the Simon Langton schools in Canterbury have won a trip to the World Lego Festival in America.

They won the UK National Final of the Institution of Engineering and Technology's First Lego League.

Oli English, Emma English and Carlos Purchase-Galarza beat 29 other teams at the competition this weekend.

The competition challenged the teams to find a solution to tackle the effects of natural disaster.

The team, named "Invicta", invented a high-tech wristband for those affected by earthquakes, designed to help rescue workers find people trapped under rubble using radio waves.

Carlos, who is 14-years-old, said, "I thought the final was fun, enjoyable and well organised. Last year we went to Germany so it will be interesting to see how the competition is different."

The winning team, Invicta, will be heading to America for the World Lego Festival Credit: Institute of Engineering and Technology

Students strive to solve challenges

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Children from schools across Kent have been competing in a robot-building contest at the University of Kent. Their task was to construct a robot and use a computer program to make it do a series of tasks, under the watchful eye of a judging panel.

David Johns went along to watch the action. He spoke to University lecturer Fred Barnes and judge Gaby Roch.

Boy's lego dream comes true

It's one of those toys that most children grow up having at some point - but for one 10 year old who loves to build - lego is something he will never forget.

That's because he has become the the first member of the public to be re-created out of the bricks. The 10 year old won the chance to become a statue after a competiton to find a true hero.

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