Cheshire robotics team, named first Lego League Challenge CT champion, head to global competition

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CHESHIRE – A five-member community robotics team of middle school students have become the state champion in the First Lego League Challenge for students in grades four to eight.

The team, “Jedi Knights”, was led by coaches Bivash Dasgupta and Shweta Hegde, who each have one child on the team.

They will now participate in the FLL World competition which will be held in Houston from April 20 to 23, 2022. In addition to the other state champions, international teams will also participate in the event, said Dasgupta.

“We came in with the intention of doing our best,” said Dasgupta. “Yes, it was a pleasant surprise that we won, especially considering that we were competing with seasoned teams. Even the event organizers were surprised that a rookie team like us performed so well to qualify and will go to the world. “

The team created a Lego Technic robot using the Lego Mindstorm Education and Expansion sets and the robot performed pre-designed missions set by First Lego League.


In addition to building and participating in the robot challenge, the young team also researched an innovation project and developed a lightweight, collapsible, stackable and traceable shipping container fully aware of the challenges of shipping containers. made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dasgupta mentioned.

The kids on the team all go to Dodd Middle School, but it’s a community team.

Members of the student team said they were delighted with the experience.

“I liked that we could learn new types of robot codes and also that I could have fun with my friends,” said Yashovardhan Biswas, 13.

12-year-old Auritro Dasgupta said he “loved Lego since I was a child” and is also interested in coding.

“Being part of this team allowed me to build and program our own automated robot using LEGO Technic parts,” he said. And during all these competitions, I also learned how to overcome problems as a team and how we could use each other’s strengths.

12-year-old Rishi Hedge said in addition to the coding, “I also liked the fun aspect of hanging out with my friend while doing all the robotics.”

Shreyas Illindala, 12, said: “I enjoyed learning more about the global shipping container crisis and working on how to solve it in our innovation project.

Lekhan Nair, 12, said it was a good time.

“Apart from that, it’s also very interesting to know more about the robot and understand how things work and then actually make it work,” said Nair.

Coach Dasgupta said FLL’s mission is to inspire young people to be leaders and innovators in science and technology, engaging them in mentor-based programs that build skills in science, engineering and science. technology, as well as instilling self-confidence, communication and leadership skills. .

He said kids have to complete some missions of a robot game in 2.5 minutes on a point-based system.

“The combination of the game with a fantastic innovation project and the presentation of traceable, lightweight and foldable containers that solve the problem of container imbalance in supply chain logistics… proved to the judges just how great this team is. knowledgeable, ”Dasgupta said. “The judges saw the mutual support, the confidence, the knowledge, the never give up attitude and the accomplishment of the team that made them a winner.”


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