Two Indian American brothers from Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, Arvind and Sanjay Seshan, won first place at the First LEGO League Razorback Invitational.
The robotics challenge, held May 14-17 at the University of Arkansas, drew 72 teams from the U.S., India, Japan, Korea, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Israel, Ireland, the Netherlands, Chile, Slovenia and Spain to the competition, one of five world-level events held each year.
The brothers’ team — called “Not the Droids You Are Looking For” — earlier won first place Robot Performance and second place Champion at the Western Pennsylvania Lego League Grand Championship. In addition to the first place win in Arkansas, they also won a second-place prize for Robot Performance.
“It was a great honor to receive the champion’s prize at an international-level tournament and bring that honor back to Pennsylvania for the first time in First Lego League history,” Sanjay Seshan, 12, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We hope we inspire more kids in Pittsburgh to do robotics.”
Their website, EV3Lessons.com, was developed as part of the 2014 First Lego League World Class Project season. It is now used to teach people worldwide how to program the Lego EV3 for contests.
The Web site to date has attracted nearly 10,700 users from 116 countries.
The boys’ mother, Asha Seshan, told the Post-Gazette that the lessons already have been translated into five languages.
“The best moment of the championship was when kids we were competing against all week and all year surrounded us and helped us celebrate the win,” said Arvind Seshan, 10. “We now have close friends all around the world.”
Homeschooled by their mother, the boys aspire to make their EV3 classes into a nonprofit organization. The younger boy hopes to become an inventor and his older brother wants to be a computer scientist or robotics engineer, the Post-Gazette said.