Countless hours of hard work since the start of the school year are paying off for a group of Hopewell Junior students. They are part of the Lakota neighborhood First Lego team called Scientific Touch. Out of 512 registered teams in Ohio, Scientific Touch was one of just two teams that advanced on to the First Lego League World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri.
Scientific Touch will continue to work on their robotics project until it goes up against 108 teams from all over the world in April.
In addition to earning the second place championship at the state competition, Scientific Touch also received the Championship & Robot Performance Awards at the regional level and the Judges Award at the district level.
The First Lego League allows teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8) to research a real-world problem such as food safety or recycling and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using Lego Mindstorms®, and then compete on a table-top playing field.
Top row (left to right): Sam Vessel - Bethany School, Ryan Cheng - Hopewell Junior, Jude Saddler - Hopewell Junior
Bottom row: (left to right): Sudiksha Mukherjee - Hopewell Junior, Esha Reddy - Mason District, Arushi Sharma - Sycamore District and Samiksha Mukherjee - Hopewell Junior