Team SISD’s 11 robotic teams showed their strength at the West Texas FIRST Lego League Championship not only by bringing home nine awards, but three of the teams were named Regional Champions of the West Texas area.
Team Fancy Pants from Paso del Norte School, Robotic Knights from Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary, and the RoboBears from Loma Verde Elementary now advance to national and international competitions.
“We are extremely excited about the progress that SISD has made in the FIRST Lego League through our collaboration with UTEP,” said Stephanie Carrasco, SISD coordinator for advanced academics/college readiness. “Our students had opportunities to fully embrace the STEM principles in exploring their projects and in developing solutions to real-world problems. Additionally, they honed their skills as problem-solvers and critical thinkers. Three of our student teams were greatly rewarded by taking the top spots.”
This year’s challenge was hydrodynamics. Students were asked to examine how people impact the human water cycle. Keeping with the water cycle theme, the students found ways to program their robot to deal with water issues, such as having a robot water a plant, letting a robot put out a fire with a firetruck or another activating rain clouds.
At the day-long contest, students presented their research projects, were judged on their robot design and participated in robot matches.
At the end, seven of the 11 SISD teams took home rewards.
“All the teams worked hard and displayed gracious professionalism,” Carrasco said. “We were so happy to see how they interacted with other teams. Their level of respect while still having fun made us all so proud.”
Here are the SISD winners:
- Team Fancy Pants from Paso del Norte School took first place in the Robot Performance Award and were named the first place champion of the regional contest. They will be going to the World Festival April 18-21 in Houston.
- Robotic Knights from Sgt. Roberto Ituarte Elementary earned second place and will advance to LEGOLAND California International Open May 18-20 in Carlsbad, Calif.
- RoboBears from Loma Verde Elementary won first place for Innovative Solutions and were named the third place champion. They advance to the 2018 FIRST LEGO League Razorback Invitational May 17-20 on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville, Ark.
- Campestre Elementary’s Texas Turbines team won second place in the Inspiration Award.
- The RoboWolves from Ernesto Serna School earned second place in Mechanical Design.
- James P. Butler Elementary’s team Robotic SUPERstars earned the second place Robotic Performance Award and the first place Research Award.
- The Salvador H. Sanchez Middle team, Hydrobots, took first place in the Teamwork Award.
- Socorro Middle School’s Athena won the first place Strategy & Innovation Award.
- Soggy Waffles 2, from SSG Manuel R. Puentes Middle, won the first place Presentation Award.
Forty-five teams competed in the contest held Jan. 27 at the University of Texas at El Paso. This is the second year SISD participates.