On December 1st, a team from Deer Canyon Elementary School won the Southern California Lego Robotics championship tournament at Legoland. The team beat out 54 other teams competing at the tournament from all over southern California, including some middle school teams. In addition to building and programming a robot to complete various tasks, the team had to make presentations about the robot construction, research about this year’s theme (solutions to problems facing today’s seniors), and about their understanding of the core values underlying the competition. The Deer Canyon team had the high score in the robot game part of the competition and did well enough in the presentations to win the overall championship.

Members of the Deer Canyon T.E.C.H. (Taking Elderly Care Higher) team are 5th graders Sauhaarda Chowdhuri, Mark Gin, Brandon Ho, Evan Larson, and Alvin You, and 4th graders George Wu and Michael Wu. They were coached by Bhaskar Chowdhuri, Nancy Wu, and Maria Yang. The team has been invited to participate in the FIRST LEGO League World festival in St. Louis in April 2013, where they will compete against teams from all over the world.