Members of the winning robotics team: (bottom)
Mahammed Hossain, Dobie; Hammad Lodhi, Memorial; Kathy Tran, Memorial; Nhu Tran, Memorial; Andrew Curtis, oceaneering engineering mentor; Cody Scarcella, son of instructor David Scarcella; (top)
Kada Lamas, Memorial robotics sponsor; Cody Ranier, Memorial; Jamal Lett, Dobie; Phong Luu, Dobie; Jacob Perez, Memorial; Adalberto Rodriguez, Dobie; Adrian Pruneda, Dobie; Antonio Rodriguez, South Houston; David Scarcella, L.P. Card Pre-Engineering/Robotics instructor.
A team of robotics students from Dobie and Memorial high schools finished first in the VEX Robotics "Battle By The Beach" last Saturday (Oct. 15) in Galveston, earning the right to advance to national competition in Nebraska next spring.
Another Pasadena ISD team finished fourth in the competition.
The winning team combined the talents of two Pasadena ISD teams entered in the contest to come out on top. Winning team members are Kathy Tran, Nhu Tran, Jacob Perez and Hammad Lodhi, all from Memorial; and Jemal Leet, Adrian Praneda and Mohammed Hossein, all from Dobie.
Cody Rainer, a Memorial student on the fourth-place team, won the programming award in the competition. He was assisted by Antonio Ramirez of South Houston High.
David Scarcella, a teacher at the L.P. Card Career Center, serves as advisor for the robotics students and organizer for the four Pasadena ISD teams that competed in the event.