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St. Agnes/Strake Jesuit Engineering Team Triumphs at Texas Robotics Invitational

Mary Nguyen '17
Mary Nguyen '17

HOUSTON, TEXAS – The St. Agnes Academy and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory engineering team, Spectrum FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team #3847, hosted the inaugural Texas Robotics Invitational (T.R.I.) at the Strake Jesuit Athletics Complex. The event included 32 teams from around the state, from as far away as Rio Grande and Dallas. The event is designed to provide FRC teams an opportunity to continue competing with robots they built for the 2014 FRC season that concluded in April, allowing them to learn from each other and get more experience.

Allen Gregory, the team’s coach said, “I love that we were able to provide this amazing event to teams around the state. Just in Texas, thousands of students work exceptionally hard on these robots each year, putting in thousands of hours. Strake Jesuit, St. Agnes, FIRST in Texas, and The Texas Workforce Commission are working to inspire future STEM leaders and show students the excitement and joy that can come from hard work.”

The teams competed in the FRC Game Aerial Assist that requires alliances of robots to work together to score the most points. The students must operate their robots to pass large exercise balls down the field and eventually launch them through a seven foot goal. In the elimination rounds, Spectrum teamed up with teams from Katy, Houston, and Galena Park to triumph over the competition. The final matches put Spectrum, Cinco Ranch HS (Katy), Synergistic STEM (Houston), and Galena Park HS, against Greenville HS, Manor New Tech HS, (Manor), Klein HS, and Shadetree Mechanics (Killeen).

The robots are built by students with help from their mentors, both teachers and engineers from a variety of companies. The students learn about engineering, programming, marketing, media, team work, cooperation, and much more. Each team is organized like a small business with many different tasks for students to do in addition to robot construction. Teams have only been working on their robots since January 3, when the game was revealed to all the teams. Since then, the teams have competed at regional events and the World Championship event that was held on April 23-26, 2014, in St. Louis Missouri. FRC strives to instill values in its competitors such as Gracious Professionalism®, a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community, and Coopertition®, the idea that you should want your opponents to do their best so that everyone learns and improves.

T.R.I. was hosted and organized by Spectrum with support from the Lone Star Regional committee, FIRST in Texas, and The Texas Workforce Commission. The Texas Workforce Commission funded this event as part of their sponsorship of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in the state of Texas. All 32 teams were given free registration to this event with the belief that by supporting FRC teams they are supporting the development of the future Texas workforce in technology and engineering.

Spectrum is sponsored by St. Agnes Academy, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, The Texas Workforce Commission, FIRST in Texas, ExxonMobil, Solarcraft Inc., and The Greater Texas Foundation. For more information on the Texas Robotics Invitational, please visit http://www.spectrum3847.org/ or contact Allen Gregory at 360-390-5244 or Allen@Spectrum3847.org.

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org.

FIRST and the FIRST logo are registered trademarks of the United States Foundation For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). LEGO® is a registered trademark of The LEGO Group.

 
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