John Winthrop Middle school sent two teams to Lyme-Old Lyme High School on Saturday, November 12th, to take part in the annual "Bash-at-the-Beach" Lego Robotics tournament. This year's theme was "Animal Allies". The eighth grade team, The Nidz Kidz" worked on a project which addressed the bee crisis dealing with pesticides in America. They were able to work with Amy Kousch, the Farm Manager from Deep River Farm, on bee apiaries. In addition, Mark Creighton, the State of Connecticut's apiary inspector, came to JW and spoke to the team.
The seventh grade Lego team, the "BFF'S - Bat Friends Forever", presented a project on bats in America, and the crisis of white nose fungus, which is killing large numbers of bats.
Both teams competed through six rounds of competition, but were unable to secure a spot in this year's state tournament. However, the bee project will continue, as Deep River Farm has asked the eighth grade team to design and help plant a pollinator garden!