Houston, TX – Allen Gregory, coach and mentor for Spectrum 3847, the St. Agnes Academy/Strake Jesuit College Preparatory engineering team has been named a finalist for the Woodie Flowers Award at the regional robotics tournament for FIRST. FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, was founded in 1989 to motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. This national organization sponsors competitions across the country that culminate with a national robotics championship in St. Louis, Missouri, at the end of April.
“This was a student-led effort,” said team member Meron Wonderad. “Mr. Gregory knows just how to challenge and motivate us to do our best.”
Students on Spectrum 3847 team nominated Gregory as their Woodie Flowers Finalist Award (WFFA) candidate, describing in an essay how he has given them the best understanding of the challenges, opportunities and satisfaction involved in the discipline of engineering and design. The award recognizes an outstanding job of motivation through communication while also challenging students to be clear and succinct in recognizing the value of communication.
The judging criterion was based upon the team’s description of how the mentor inspired each member of the team in the following ways:
Level of student participation;
Creativity of effort;
Clear explanation of mathematical, scientific, and engineering concepts;
Demonstration of enthusiasm for Science and Engineering;
Encouragement to work on projects as a team effort;
Inspiration to use problem-solving skills;
Inspiration to become an effective communicator; and
Motivation through communication.