Ten Locust Valley Robotics teams swept the awards at the First Lego League qualifying competition in Massapequa. These teams will be moving on to the Long Island Finals in Longwood on March 6th. The winning teams from LVMS are “RoboTanks”, “Antibodies”, “Contagious”, “Firecrackers”’ “MER”, “Geek Squad”, “Autobots” and “Cool as a Moose”.  Also making the finals were the “Dominators” from Bayville Intermediate and “Roboteers” from LVI. There were almost 70 teams competing, making the awards that much more remarkable!

Locust Valley students were given special recognition at the Awards Ceremony, highlighting the teams that Skype with Taiwanese student teams. These Locust Valley students used technology to include students from across the globe on their teams and used videoconferencing technology to have them there at the competition – a truly unique and educational experience. Students from Taiwan, who regularly Skype with Locust Valley students and are actual members of the Robotics teams, were on a school break during the competition. However, these students Skyped from their vacations in Australia and Zimbabwe, while others were at home in Taiwan, making this a multi-continent competition!

The two-day event was exciting from beginning to end as some teams consistently held the top spots throughout and others battled technical issues, but re-engineered their robots to regain their top positions.

The tireless efforts made by all the parent coaches and mentoring by Robert Fallot and Alan Stella helped lead these teams to victory! 

Team members represented Locust Valley with grace, spirit, and an admirable effort and all teams deserve recognition for a job well done!