A team of Year 6 pupils from Truro High School for Girls returned to Cornwall triumphant from the FIRST LEGO League UK National Finals, having securing second place in the Core Values category.

The team travelled all the way to Harrogate in Yorkshire, and on April 20 went up against strong competition from 74 teams across the UK, with members spanning ages nine to 16.

Although there were a couple of hiccups on the day (including a broken robot arm), the girls persevered, utilising their analysing and meta-thinking skills to find a way through to success.

Their invention was an app called the AI Dance Tutor, enabling individuals to learn dances and receive tips virtually, in their own space and time.

Truro High headmistress Sarah Matthews said: “Our girls demonstrated exceptional teamwork, and a true commitment to the LEGO League core values of inclusion, discovery, teamwork, innovation, impact and - most importantly - fun!”

She added: “Their robot, called Buddy JJ, went down a storm with the judges and their success is a testament to their dedication, creativity, hard work and preparation over the last few months.”

The FIRST® LEGO® League programmes are designed to encourage children in STEM (science, technology, maths and engineering) subjects.