Watson Batty Architect’s ‘Great LEGO Challenge 2018′ was held in the recently completed Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre at Sheffield Hallam University. Seven teams, including a mix of clients and consultants across the construction industry, came together for an afternoon of team building and fun. The event showcased the University’s advanced STEM facility including a tour of the Chemical Engineering Labs, flight simulator, SCALEUP learning centre and possibly the highlight; meeting the University’s Formula Student team, busy completing their racing car for the upcoming world student competition, in their Motor Engineering Workshop.
The LEGO Challenge was held in the new atrium; 60 minutes to build the tallest tower that would survive travelling 2m. Whilst there were a couple of ‘tower failures’ en route resulting in spectacular collapses leaving little left to be measured, the winning entry successfully combined a lean lightweight tower with sleek control and speed over the ground. Strong competition but worthy winners.
The teams were treated to an excellent buffet, the University being a first class host, with a chance to discuss likely winners and ‘where it went so wrong!’
We were delighted that Dan Ladbury, Director of Estates for Sheffield Hallam University, was able to join us for the afternoon. To close the event he provided an entertaining and insightful talk about LEGO, his passion for Sheffield and the future of the University. Dan very kindly presented the awards to the winning team.
Our thanks goes to all our guests, the university hospitality team, who made us feel very welcome and served us throughout the afternoon, and to Dan for his time and enthusiasm building and talking about LEGO!