A team from the Savionim middle school in Yahud-Monosson on Sunday won first place in the First Lego League International Robotics Competition which was held in Orlando Florida.
The Israeli team which calls itself "The Pink Eagles" and includes three boys and two girls, came out victorious against 64 teams from around the world. The theme of this year's competition was food safety and the Israeli students managed to develop a sophisticated robot that gave an optimal solution to food quality problems.
This is the second achievement in a row for the team after they won the second and third places in the competition last year when they developed a product that enabled people with disabilities to play computer games.
The winning team (Photo: Avi Ostfeld)
Guy Ostfeld, a member of the team said: "We have a lot of fun playing around, building and creating in the field of robotics, and we are very proud to have won this prestigious and important award for the State of Israel."
Dr. Ofer Rimon, the Director of the Science and Technology Administration at the Education Ministry said that this was an impressive achievement: "We hope that thanks to these knids of achievements we will be able to push forward the field of robotics in middle schools.
"Working with robotics fascinates children and through (robotics) we can open a gate to the world of science and technology…as through robotics children learn to work as a team and study mechanics, electronics and computers at a very high level."
Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar said: "This is a qualitative team of talented children who have demonstrated advanced abilities of initiative, thought and creativity as well as interpersonal skills.
"These students are the face of the future of Israeli science, research and development – the impressive achievements and the highly developed capabilities of these students ensure that Israel will continue to lead among the world's countries."