Westford's Periodic Pandas Heading to Washington D.C. for First Lego League

Westford, Vt. - A group of Westford students are taking LEGO building and innovation to the next level. That journey will take them to our nations capital.

The Periodic Pandas, are a twelve student team from Westford elementary school, and they were recently awarded the global innovation award.

"This is a part of a greater organization, First Lego League," said Mark Drapa the Co-Coach of Periodic Pandas.

"Our team is going to be heading to Washington, DC next month. To celebrate our win, the Global Innovation Award. Which is the invention and innovation portion of the competition," said Drapa.

His students had to work with the theme of the interactions between animals and humans.

"The concept that they came up with is a location aware software solution...We could make location aware custom solution for people to identify where they might have bee habitats in their yard," said Drapa.

Out of 30,000 teams across the planet, the periodic pandas are just one of twenty teams going to the semi-finals in Washington.

The grand prize for the winner in Washington will take home $20,000 to fund the students innovations. And the students are thrilled with this opportunity.

 "I am happy, but I am also kind of nervous because I don't know what is going to go on," said Bella Armata a 5th Grader from Westford Elementary School.

"I am really excited because I have never been to Washington, DC and it's a really big opportunity," said Grace Symula a 4th Grader from Westford Elementary School.

With the trip coming this June, the team is now focusing on fundraising.

"We are selling baked goods, cup cakes and cookies. We are going to put all that money into the trip," said Carmella Symula a 7th Grader from Westford Elementary School.

The team has set up a GoFundMe page to raise further funds.


 




 

 


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