Ayuka Sakak, Hadley Cole, KJ Bradley, Cate Harrington, Willow Cook and Shreya Jaisingh of the LEGO Lassies were acknowledged for their accomplishments at the Kirkland City Council meeting on April 2. Courtesy photo.

Ayuka Sakak, Hadley Cole, KJ Bradley, Cate Harrington, Willow Cook and Shreya Jaisingh of the LEGO Lassies were acknowledged for their accomplishments at the Kirkland City Council meeting on April 2. Courtesy photo.

Kirkland Council proclaims April LEGO Lassies month

The sixth-grade robotics team will be going to the world championships next week.

The Kirkland City Council designated April to the LEGO Lassies at its April 2 meeting.

The LEGO Lassies is an all-girls, sixth-grade robotics team from Kirkland. They have been building and programming robots for competition for the last three years. In March, the team won the FIRST LEGO League Western Washington State Championship, competing with more than 600 teams in Washington.

Because of their winnings, the team will be competing this week at the 2019 world championship event in Houston.

The LEGO Lassies come together five hours a week to build and program an autonomous robot to solve complex missions, research and solve a real-world problem humans face in long-duration space travel, and have accomplished this according to a high standard of core values.

Kirkland City Councilmember Jon Pascal suggested that the city do something to honor the LEGO Lassies and their accomplishments.

“We’re always looking for ways to recognize exceptional people,” he said. “When we found out about the LEGO Lassies, we saw that they had accomplished a lot. Their dedication alone is worth recognizing.”

At the April 2 council meeting, Mayor Penny Sweet and the rest of the council proclaimed April 2019 as LEGO Lassies month.

“You are making Kirkland a very famous place to do very famous things,” Sweet said.

Pascal read the proclamation to the team.

“It’s just an honor to be able to recognize you all and everything you’ve done,” Pascal said. “It’s great that Kirkland can recognize you.”

Upon receiving the proclamation, LEGO Lassie Ayuka Sakak thanked the Kirkland City Council on behalf of the team.

“Thank you much city of Kirkland for the recognition and we’re excited to represent you in Houston,” she said.

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