AT A GLANCE
The local “Scientific Touch” Lego team earned a second place finish in the “research” category of the project judging at the recent World Championships in St. Louis.
The team members – coached by volunteers Shirley Lee, Ajay Sharma and Sachin Mukherjee – are:
• Ryan Cheng - 7th grader from Lakota Schools
• Samiksha Mukherjee - 7th grader from Lakota
• Sudiksha Mukherjee - 7th grader from Lakota
• Esha Reddy - 7th grader from Mason Schools
• Jude Saddler - 8th grader from Lakota
• Arushi Sharma - 8th grader from Sycamore Schools
• Sam Vessel - 8th grader from the private Bethany School in Glendale
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Only one of the three portions of the annual global science tournament involved building and working a Lego robot, which the team did well enough in February to win runner-up among more than 500 competitors in Ohio.
That landed them a spot among only 108 teams — from more than 32,000 teams and 255,000 students from dozens of foreign nations — in the world tournament.
“It was very competitive and over a dozen judges came to the booth and ask details questions about the project,” said Lee of the team’s design for a skyscraper window reflection system to reduce the high incidents of birds flying into windows of the tall structures.
Their project also included using window shadowing elements can also absorb and produce solar energy, reducing the heating and cooling costs for any building.
“Overall is was an excellent learning experience and got to meet many teams from other countries. And the speakers at the World’s opening and closing ceremonies had plenty of inspiring things to say, not only about the students’ efforts, achievements and performance, but about the doors they were opening to the future through their involvement in FIRST LEGO,” said Lee.
“We all had a blast,” she said.
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