Robotics Team Wins Regional Championship, Advances to Super-Regionals
The Blue Jay Robotics Team 6448 won both the Inspire Award and the Winning Alliance Award at the Southeast Texas and Louisiana Regional Championship Tournament on Saturday Feb. 6 at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. Thirty-three teams who had previously qualified or advanced from their respective leagues in southeast Texas and southern Louisiana competed at the regional championship.
The Blue Jays once again came away with the prestigious Inspire Award. This formally-judged award is given to the team that truly embodies the ‘challenge’ of the First Tech Challenge (FTC) program. The Inspire Award is the highest level of achievement at an FTC competition; recognizing excellence in performance, robot design and teamwork. With this award the Blue Jays advance to the Super-Regional Championship.
In match play the Blue Jay Robotics Team qualified for the elimination tournament after winning all five matches. The Jays then advanced through the bracket to take first place as part of the winning alliance. Overall, their record at the championship was 9-2-0. Earning the Winning Alliance Award would have qualified the robotics team for the Super-Regional Championship, had they not already previously advanced by winning the Inspire Award.
Robotics Team members participating in the regional championship were freshman James Bragg, junior Todd Crabtree, sophomore Emory Ducote, junior Mikey Elvir, junior Julian Mahfouz, pre-freshman Hayes Martin, and junior Luke Navarro. The team is moderated by Mr. Kyle White and Mr. Eric Leefe ’03.
Next up for the robotics team is a three-day Super Regional Championship held in San Antonio, Texas. Beginning on March 9, the South Super Regional Championship is one of four championships held across the United States. Seventy-two teams will compete in San Antonio to try to advance to the World Championship held at the end of April.