A team of 5th grade girls from Austin won first place in the research category at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) World Championship in Houston. The girls, who call themselves Team Immortals, researched human-animal interactions, culminating in an awareness campaign to save the endangered golden-cheeked warbler.
This team consists of Siyona Agnihotri, Bela Jere, Aanchal Save and Eesha Siram from Spicewood Elementary in Round Rock ISD and Tulsi Joglekar from Harmony School of Political Science and Communication. Team Immortals won at local qualifiers and a regional championship to qualify for the world competition.
The girls consulted pet-therapy experts, a bio-mimicry expert and a wildlife biologist while researching their project about the golden-cheeked warbler. They launched an awareness campaign and built and installed several nests mimicking the birds’ habitat.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) introduces students (9 to 16 years old) to real-world engineering challenges by conducting research projects and building LEGO-based autonomous robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. This year’s challenge, Animal Allies, tasked students with improving how animals and humans learn from, interact with and help one another.