The Pasadena ISD Robotics Team is off to a successful start as they finished among the top five teams at the Lone Star Regional Robotics Competition at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.
Pasadena ISD's team, also known as "High Voltage," is made up of students and teachers from all five high schools in our district. The team finished fifth out of 66 teams at the Lone Star regional event.
"We were pleased with our performance," said Robert Bourque, Robotics team coordinator and a teacher at Sam Rayburn High School. "These students have put in many long hours assembling and testing the functions of our robot."
The team will then participate in the National USFIRST Championships, later this month in Atlanta, Ga. Pasadena's students and coaches are hoping for a repeat performance from past years at the national competition.
In 2005, Pasadena ISD finished among the top 16 teams in the nation at the event. Pasadena's team placed fourth in its particular division. At the competition, there were four divisions, with approximately 340 teams from around the United States and the world participating in the contest.
Pasadena ISD's team is the only team in the Houston area that has captured awards at the national level. In addition to the 2005 team's success, the 1999 group won the Best Play of the Day award at the National FIRST Competition, while also boasting the Most Photogenic Robot at nationals in 2000.
In preparation for the contest, students work with engineers and other mentors to learn robotics and have six weeks to build a robot for the competition. At the national competition, Pasadena students will be competing against teams from other parts of the nation and the globe.
"In past years, we have competed well against some of the best teams in the world," Bourque said. "We're hoping for a repeat performance."
The team also credits their success to their sponsors, including United Space Alliance, Oceaneering Space Systems and Boeing. "We are very appreciative of their ongoing support and their expertise that they graciously share with us, "Bourque said.