August 17, 2019
Two of the country’s best young robot-makers are students here in the El Paso Independent School District.
Hornedo Middle School’s Daniyal Dawood and Dante Peinado earned first place in the microcontroller design category of the 2019 National Technology Student Association Competition in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.
A second EPISD team also earned a national title at the 2019 NTSA competition. Five students from Chapin High School earned first place in engineering design.
The Hornedo team built a service robot using an open-source physical computing platform and a printed circuit board designed by Daniyal. The robot was able to follow light and avoid obstacles.
Most impressive of all, the robot was controlled using a smart-phone app that Daniyal and Dante also designed.
Hornedo teacher Mike Quarles said this is the first time an Hornedo team has won a national championship at the robotics and technology competition.
Daniyal was present at the competition in Washington to receive the award.
Peinado was unable to attend.