Creekside Elementary School’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team Astrobots recently competed at the Southern California FLL Championship. Team Astrobots includes Anika Bose, Sonia Dingankar, Deren Erdem, Zoe Reich, Shreya Risal, Neel Tomar, Aashna Umatt. Parent coaches are Shubashish Bose, Aasif Dingankar, Gul Erdem, Jesse Reich, Dipesh Risal, Nitin Tomar, Seema Umatt, and Bhupesh Umatt. The team is also guided by Madalyn Nguyen, a freshman member of Poway High School’s award-winning Team Spyder robotics program.


Team Astrobots reached the championship tournament by excelling at their qualifying tournament in Chula Vista. At the qualifying tournament, they won first place in project presentation and placed in the top 40% in robot performance. Their achievements were especially impressive competing against older middle school teams.