Pictured, left to right, are: Alex Felisberto, Ben Murphy, Paige Desrosiers, Alexandra Moorhead, and Morgan Kunysz; back row- Ben Wilson, Nicholas Lang, Alexander LoVecchio, Sarah Bibeau, and Abby Desrosiers.

Students from the Eco-Bots First Lego League team at Memorial Elementary School in Newton are proud to display their First Place Team Work Award, which they won at the First Lego League Qualifying Tournament last November, held at Daniel Webster College. The Eco-Bots win qualified them and they did go to the FLL State finals in December, where they competed along with 52 other winning teams.

First Lego League is a non-profit organization devoted to helping young people learn the importance of good team work and core values through the use of science projects, research, and building small robots based on the Lego NXT system—which provides them with the opportunity to discover and develop a passion for science, engineering, technology, and math, in a spirited and fun setting.

FIRST, which is the parent of First Lego League, was founded in New Hampshire nearly 20 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen and is located in Manchester, in the SEE Science building. Last year, nearly 200,000 students and 80,000 volunteers participated in 51 countries, in FIRST and First Lego League events.

FLL Coach Allen Felisberto said that the ECO-Bots first place win was a well earned "monumental surprise" given the fact that Memorial School students were a second year rookie team.

Learning the subject theme and preparing for the event is time consuming, challenging, and exhausting for the kids and volunteers.

The Eco-Bots team is sponsored and funded by the school's PTO, and by private donations.

Several new members have joined the team and the Eco-Bot have begun preparing for the Fall 2010 competition themed as "Body Forward", with a focus on science and biomedical engineering.

Anyone interested in supporting the team—making a donation; helping to teach the kids with programming and robotics, and being a mentor; should contact the Mr. Felisberto, FLL Coach, at Memorial School.

Good luck in this year's competition!

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