They were completely foreign just five months ago.
Now, Liz Stoneham's brilliant team of robot builders is preparing to face the country.
The team of 10 people between the ages of 11 and 13 have been working together since September to train in the First Lego League – a national tournament focused on the promotion of science, technology, technology and technology. English and mathematics.
After winning the regional competition at Portsmouth University, they will then compete in the British and Irish finals on Saturday at 9 am – at the University of West England in Bristol.
A computer scientist from Fareham, Liz is their coach and helps them improve as the Agile Supernova team.
"Most of the teams are made up of kids from one school, but mine come from four schools and it has been pretty tough for them," said the 62-year-old.
"This is a very useful challenge so far and they have all learned a lot about themselves and what it means to work in a team."
Agile Supernova was reunited after Liz launched a unifying call to nearly a dozen schools in the region, giving students a unique chance to take part in the contest.
The 10 people who responded are now an impressive team from Swanmore College, Cams Hill School and Portchester Community and Crofton High Schools.
They will face young people aged 11 to 16 from institutions across the country on Saturday as they compete for a place in other tournaments around the world.
"The competitions of the First Lego League consist of three parts," said Liz.
"The first is to work together to build a Lego robot to carry out a number of missions, such as picking up objects and pressing switches.
"Another project is a research project that has nothing to do with robots, but it's about how you would approach a scientific problem. Ours feeds astronauts in space.
"Finally, the third aspect is to prove that you train as a team and that you drive well."
She added, "The kids are all very excited for the final and I know they're going to do a good show."
To promote Agile Supernova's teamwork ahead of Saturday's race, Liz watched her team take on the 5km Fareham Parkrun on Saturday.
They then had the chance to meet other riders – scientists and engineers – on how they had previously approached the First League League as competitors.
Liz said, "Because we are leaving next Saturday, I did not want to hold an official meeting. I wanted kids to have the chance to do something fun.
"They all had a good time."
The members of the Agile Supernova team are: Charlie Trafford, Haiden White, Joshua Stanning, Ian Colwell, Ella Todd, Oscar Jones, Elder Lucas, Edward Leeson, George Wallis and Poppy Flanigan.