TUT Celebrates Ongoing SAP Partnership with FIRST LEGO League Robotics Programme


The Tshwane University of Technology’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) is celebrating the ongoing work and support of software giant, SAP Africa, the main programme partner and sponsor of the First Lego League Robotics programme for 15 years.

The SAP sponsorship covers operational costs, robotics sets given to teams as well as team and tournament support.

The programme focuses on young students for the transfer of engineering skills and teamwork through the collaborative creation of problem-solving robots built with LEGO® Mindstorms®.

According to Dr Johannes de Vries, Technologist and Programme Manager at the Department of Electrical Engineering, the FIRST Lego League mission is to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders. This is done by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programmes that build science, engineering, and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities, including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

SAP’s support allows the South African branch of the international FIRST LEGO League program to co-ordinate local teams, supply the necessary LEGO materials and expose local teams to international competition.

“Annually, FIRST LEGO League hosts competitions for teams from all over the world, giving them the chance to showcase the problem-solving skills they have learned,” explained de Vries.

“SAP is a premier example of how businesses can work with universities to enable an abundant future in Science and Engineering for learners and students,” concluded de Vries.

This article first appeared on the Tshwane University of Technology website: TUT celebrates ongoing SAP partnership with FIRST LEGO League Robotics programme