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Lausanne Siblings Bring Home World Championship

Two Lausanne students have the title of world champions after winning the First Lego League (FLL) World Championship.

Lausanne students, Shreya Palakurthi ’21 and Shranav Palakurthi ’22, along with team members Shivan Aarya and Tanya Prahalathan of White Station Middle School and Saanvi Kumar and Sachin Prahalathan of Campus School, won the Innovation Award at the championships held in Houston on April 17-21.

The team, named Epicteam, along with their robot Epicbot defeated more than 15,000 students from 43 countries and their robots to capture the title after eight months of building and practicing.

The theme for the competition was Hydrodynamics.

The team’s robot design was based on a 3-D printer with a maximum extension of 48” and featured three extendable platforms for added functionality.

“The robot clasped against the wall of the ping-pong sized robot mission table and used it as a guiding rail to enhance accuracy and complete tasks on the table,” one of Epicteam’s coaches Radesh Palakurthi said.

Earlier in the season, Epicteam won the West Tennessee First Lego League (FLL) Regional Championship held at the University of Memphis.

Epicteam’s research project and the robot were featured in a full Twitch TV segment that can be watched by clicking here. The video highlights the team discussing their research project based on desalination of seawater using cavitation-filtration technologies.

Epicteam and Epicbot were sponsored by The Memphis Chapter of Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers and MALCO Theaters and will now go on to compete in the global competition.

Way to go, Lynx!