Several local robotics teams performed very well at a variety of competitions. These results were achieved through innovation and creativity, excellent team collaboration and a lot of hard work. Here’s a summary of recent results:
The Quail Valley GT Academy Robotics Team won the “Best Teamwork” award at the regional FLL championship in Houston. This team also won the Chairman’s Award (the top award in FIRST competitions) and “Robot Performance” (given to the highest-scoring team) at the Sugar Land FLL Qualification Tournament. This team brought together students and teachers from Quail Valley Middle School GT Academy and instructors from Techno Chaos in Sugar Land.
The “Techno Busters” achieved 3rd place in the featured “Robot Performance” competition at the regional FLL championship in Houston, falling to the eventual winner in the semifinals. The Techno Busters also won the “Robot Design” award at the Sugar Land FLL Qualification Tournament. The Techno Busters members came from Sugar Elementary School and 4 home school families, and were coached by instructors from Techno Chaos.
FRC Team 3847 from Saint Agnes Academy & Strake Jesuit College Prep achieved the amazing by winning the Chairman’s Award at a regional championship in Dallas. It is very rare for a rookie team to win this highest honor in FRC. For their excellent efforts, this team will represent Houston in the FIRST National Championships in St. Louis, MO later this month. Mr. Allen Gregory, a recent Rice grad and instructor at Techno Chaos, was the coach for Team 3847. You can see Team 3847 in person at the Lone Star Robotics Competition this weekend (more info below).
Competitive robotics is a “sporting event for the mind”. It offers much of the challenge and excitement of sport, while effectively developing high-value skills our students must have to lead in the future.
“FLL” is FIRST® LEGO® League, a robotics competition designed for students of ages 10-14. It is the largest robotics competition in the world, with an estimated 17,000 teams participating this year.
“FRC” is FIRST® Robotics Competition, a robotics program intended for students of ages 14-18. It is the premier robotics program for students in primary school. The local FRC event will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on April 6-7, 2012. There is no entry fee, and there’s plenty of nearby parking for a nominal charge.