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Local robotics team headed to California
Raji Karthik, Shreya Kharidhi, Amrit Hari Madhav, Katie Kim, Wendy Wing, Matthew Murad, Aishu Meyyappan, Christian Dutton, Ethan Nam, Avani Karthik, Audrey Jette, Ethan Quach, respectively. - photo by Submitted

This May, 10 students from Sharon Elementary will be traveling across the country to LEGOLAND in California to take part in an international competition that pits LEGO robotic machines against each other in an attempt to solve real world problems. 

According to a news release from the Sharon Robo Knights, a First LEGO League robotics team comprised of fourth and fifth graders from Sharon Elementary, the team recently received the 3rd Champions Award at the First LEGO League State Championship. 

First LEGO League stated that, “The Champion’s Award recognizes a team that embodies the FIRST LEGO League experience, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and project.”

Team coach Wendy Wing said that for the competition the Sharon Robo Knights researched micro-plastics, the miniscule pieces of plastics that can be in our water system, and presented their ideas on different methods of removing the micro-plastics from the water.

The release stated that in the past the Sharon Robo Knights have competed at the regional, super-regional and state levels and have been previously awarded for the quality of their projects and their adherence to the First LEGO League’s core values.

“Because of their achievements this season, the Sharon Robo Knights have earned the privilege of accepting an invitation to the First Lego League International Open and will be traveling to LEGOLAND in California this May to compete with top teams from other states and countries.  They will proudly represent Sharon Elementary in Forsyth County,” the release stated.