Mumbai: Mount Litera School International, Mumbai organised the first LEGO League (FLL), an international STEM robotics championship for school students on the theme – ‘Into Orbit’. Designed as a sport for the mind, FLL is an exciting alliance between FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) a not-for-profit US based organisation and the LEGO group. The competition aimed at introducing students to the fun and excitement of Science & Technology.
This year witnessed more than 400 students across the West Zone (Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa) participate in the contest. Team Astro Wizards 2.0 from Robofun Lab, Mumbai were the winners. The team was represented by: Yash Muthaliya – 7th Std – Bombay Scottish School; Kavish Contractor – 7th Std- SVKM; Avya Gupta – 7th Std – Bombay Scottish School; Samarth Katiyar – 8th Std – Dhirubhai Ambani International School; Karan Kulkarni – 6th Std – Podar International School; Arav Kaul – 5th Std – Dhirubhai Ambani International School; Ahaan Jain – 7th Std – SVKM; Arul Singh – 6th Std – Jamnabai Narsee International School.
The winning team designed an autonomous LEGO robot on this year’s theme that was capable of multi-tasking like saving an astronaut from a spacewalk emergency, to deploying payloads in space. It was also equipped to 3D print objects in space which would help astronauts exercise. The students went a step further and built another robot that was capable of cooking while overcoming the challenges of microgravity. The judges were particularly impressed by the meticulous details and thought process all participating teams demonstrated throughout the competition.
FLL Junior (for ages 5 to 9) saw the tiny tots build space rockets from their LEGO sets on the theme – ‘Mission Moon’. The winning team now proceeds to the international round of the championship.