Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori’s robotics team, the Westside Whirlbots, participated in the First Lego League qualifier on Nov. 14 at Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville.

First Lego League is a robotics program in which “elementary and middle school-aged students research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design,” a news release said.

The school’s robotics program was started with donations from state Rep. Chris Broadwater, Principal Cathy LeBlanc, parent Windy Copsey and District Attorney Scott Perrilloux.