They got the ‘golden ticket’: Little Neck’s RoboPandas win a spot in city robotics championship

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Little Neck robotics team earned their “golden ticket” to advance to a citywide championship next month.

P.S. 94’s RoboPandas took first place in robot performance and were awarded the Champion’s Award at the FIRST LEGO League Qualifier at the Horace Mann School in the Bronx on Feb. 3. They will compete against the best teams from the five boroughs at the league’s championship event on March 11.

Team members Kellen Yu, Andre Wang, Lily Lu, Ava Jack, Anthony Arias, Silvia Jun, Nolan Reinhardt and Eric Leem have been preparing for the series of competitions since the beginning of the school year. The students spoke with QNS about their ongoing process at a send-off event on Jan. 25.

For their research project, team members came up with the “Moat-o-swale,” a new and improved bioswale design meant to reduce flooding in their hometown.



They also designed a robot, “Aquabot,” which they specially programmed and designed to complete a series of timed tasks at each competition.

The school continues its history of success at the Lego robotics competitions. Last year’s team of fifth-graders moved on to earn second place in the city championship.

This year’s New York City First Lego League Robotics Championship will take place at City College of New York on March 11. The all-day event is open to the public.

Learn more about the competition on the Lego League website.