STAMFORD, Conn. — A Stamford seventh-grade student in a middle school robotics program has helped her team qualify for a prestigious New York tournament.
Wendy Lichtenberg of Stamford helped her team at Harvey Middle School in Katonah, N.Y. qualify for the VEX IQ Challenge state-qualifier competition at East Rockaway High School on Long Island. She partnered with Clayton Collum, a sixth-grader at Harvey.
Competing in the second match of the finals, Lichtenberg scored 36 crucial bonus points for her team when she successfully balanced her robot on the bridge with just seconds to go. The teammates then waited anxiously on the sidelines for three matches to see if the other finalists would outscore them.
When a team in a subsequent round scored 46 points, Wendy and Clayton found themselves in second place. They held on to the runner-up spot when the remaining teams could not keep their robots from falling off the bridge.
Wendy and her partner will compete in the New York state tournament in Massapequa on March 4.