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Prior to 2012, two competitions (although we prefer the term challenges) were held per year, one aimed at primary schools, and the second for secondary schools. As Dr Rosie Thrupp's contract at CQUniversity finished in October 2011, the Lego NXT research project has come to an end. However, this is not the end of Lego NXT in the Bundaberg district, with a number of schools owning their own kits, plus an additional 10 kits available for use in schools as part of Education Queensland Science Spark program. As of Feburary 2012, I am endeavouring to obtain access to a venue, prizes and support to continue running the challenges, and where possible, the holiday school workshops. 

Each year the competition has had a different theme.In 2011, the theme was forests, as it was the United Nations International Year of Forests, so entrants developed plays, documentaries and drama scripts that demonstrated how humans have impact on forests, or showcased an invention they have created that can help the forest in some way. They then had an on-the-day challenge (also with a forest theme),  for which they only have that morning to build and program a Lego NXT machine or robot to solve the design challenge they are given. 

Following on from the theme of 2011 (International Year of Forests), 2012's competitions are most likely to be based on the 'International Year of Sustainable Energy for All', and as a result, be related to renewable energy. For more information on this topic, please visit the below links. More information on the challenges will be released as it becomes available.