Periodic Pandas - DC or Bust!

$2,620 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 58 people in 14 months
Mark Drapa
on behalf of Morrison Lewis
Westford School's Periodic Pandas are heading to the First Lego League Global Innovation finals, and we need your help to get there!

After winning the VT FLL regional competition, our team was selected as one of 20 teams from over 30,000 entries from 30 countries to compete for a $20,000 mini XPRIZE.  They were chosen for their outstanding Project innovative solution,, that demonstrated originality while having the potential to add significant value in the world. The team will travel to Washington, DC USA from June 17-21 to present their innovation to expert judges.

We are fundraising to cover a portion of hotel and transportation costs for the competition.  The remainder will be raised from the participanting families and (hopefully) corporate sponsorship.

Project Background
The team, composed of members in grades 3 through 8, chose to focus their project work on creating a location aware software solution to identify and develop native bee habitat.  Their solution uses open data (satellite imagery, GIS maps, etc.) to identify the necessary habitat conditions to promote thriving native bee populations, and make that data actionable for homeowners all the way up to regional or national policy makers .  The team’s goal is to reverse the trend of declining pollinator population and its impact on our global food supply.

What Lego Robotics is all about
This is a really wonderful program that helps build engineering and math skills, as well as promoting the values of teamwork and discovery in learning.  Teams compete on many levels, including in-depth research projects, engineering values, and robot programming challenges.

Students learn to design, build, and debug complex systems using engineering methodologies AND have fun doing it. 

The team is coached by volunteers.

Learn More
Periodic Pandas Team Website, our concept prototype
FLL Global Innovation Award information

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We are all so excited to head for Washington DC this weekend. Thank you very much for your support and donation for our team. We have worked really hard to improve our project and will make Westford proud.

You can watch a live stream of the awards on Tuesday, starting at 4:30. Go to for more info.

Also, if you go to our site,, you'll be able to see our "commercial", and a live, working version of our innovation! It was developed in collaboration with the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. You can actually see our idea in action, anywhere in the entire state of Vermont. Is your yard a good native bee habitat?

Thank you again to everyone for your support.

The Period Pandas
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$2,620 of $6,000 goal

Raised by 58 people in 14 months
Created May 2, 2017
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Lester and Jeanne Shea
13 months ago

Good luck; we will be praying for you.

Steve & Angel Shea
13 months ago

Bring home the honey!!! Go team!

13 months ago
Josh Suardini
13 months ago

Good Luck!

Chad Bultynck
13 months ago

Good luck!

JT Luginski
13 months ago

Go Pandas!

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