In November, Harker fifth graders Aaron Luo, Brandon Labio, Nathan Yee and Trisha Shivakumar won the Champion’s Award at the NorCal First Lego League robotics qualifying tournament. The team received the award for having top performances in all areas of the competition, including robot design, project and core values. The team’s performance also earned it a spot at the NorCal regional tournament.
Another team of Harker fifth graders — Ava Zarkesh, Ivanya Sadana, Risa Chokhawala and Urvi Singhvi — won the Judges Award and the ‘Rising Stars Award’ for setting an example for other teams and producing a solution for two very different problems while adhering to the competition’s core values.
The team later competed at the FLL NorCal Peninsula Championships, where it won the Robot Design Award. The award is given to a team whose robot performs consistently well in areas such as efficiency, durability and challenge missions.