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Courtesy Judith Bird
The Lean Green Cleaning Machines — a robotics team formed in 2008 by middle school students in Gaithersburg — won first prize last month at the 2008-2009 First Lego League State competition at the University of Maryland Baltimore. The team is (from left) Suri Venugopal, a freshman at Northwest High School, Kapish Manicka, a freshman at Col. Zadok Magruder High School, coach John Scott, Patrick Scott, a seventh-grader at Montgomery Village Middle School and Matthew Bird, a freshman at Poolesville High School.