CCISD robotics team going to world championships

Published 04/10/2013

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LEAGUE CITY, Texas -- With a third regional competition win in a row, the Clear Creek ISD high school Robotics team, the Robonauts, is headed to First Robotics Competition World Championships. The latest victory came at the FIRST regional robotics tournament in San Jose, California. The team was ranked fourth after 99 qualifying matches. The Robonauts then went on to win the Silicon Valley Regional with their alliance partners, beating 58 other teams from Texas, Florida, Mexico, Oregon, and California.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a 21 year-old organization, created by Dean Kamen, which strives to promote science and technology to young people across the world. FIRST endeavors “to create a world where science and technology are celebrated… where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes”.?

This year’s teams are competing in a game called Ultimate Ascent. The game is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 foot field. Each alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two (2)-minute and fifteen (15)-second match. The higher the goal in which the disc is scored, the more points the alliance receives. The CCISD Robonauts worked with a dedicated group of mentors from NASA and other area businesses to develop a robot from scratch.

After their 3 consecutive wins, the Robonauts will next be competing in the FRC World Championships, taking place in the Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams, during the week of April 21. This will be the Robonauts 16th appearance at the FRC world competition.