Youngsters proved to be model competitors after flying the flag for the north east.
Pupils from Cullercoats Primary School, who called themselves Team Robo Wyldstylers, represented the north east at the national finals of the First Lego League, held at Loughborough University.
The theme was recycling and comprised three parts – programming a Lego robot to carry out waste management themed tasks; making a presentation about recycling and demonstrating the core values of team spirit; and co-operation and respect.
The Year 6 pupils were up against 39 teams aged from nine to 16 who were also regional winners from Britain and Ireland.
Despite losing out on one of the top prizes, they were praised by judges and caught the eye of BBC TV science presenter Fran Scott who said: “The Robo Wyldstylers showed teamwork, skill and enthusiasm and were a credit to the competition.
“I hope that the experience fuels their passion for science and engineering so that they might become the scientists and engineers of the future.”
Cullercoats Primary teacher Jonny Reed said: “I’m very proud of the kids who have all done fantastically well. They’ve learned a whole new set of real world skills.”
Team member Laura Wisse said: “The whole experience has been amazing. I loved the project and even though I was thinking about being an engineer already, I never knew that there was so much to do with recycling so I might do something like that.”