RoboTigers Win Top Award at FLL; Four Other Teams Earn Honors
January 8, 2016
Congratulations to the RoboTigers at Worley Middle School for winning the Champion’s Award at their FIRST LEGO League (FLL) qualifier competition in December! They are the first MISD Robotics team to receive this honor. By finishing in first place at the qualifier, the RoboTigers automatically advance to the FLL North Texas Regional Championship which will be held on Saturday, February 6th at Parish Episcopal School in Dallas.
The RoboTigers, coached by Richard Park and Hristo Kojouharov, accomplished this feat through teamwork and cooperation, while consistently demonstrating the FLL core value of gracious professionalism. This year’s “Trash Trek” challenge required the team to display a balanced proficiency not only in programing task-oriented robots, but presenting a team research project and engineering design review, while remaining true to the FLL core values throughout the entire event. Their exceptional performance in all four judging areas - Robot Game, Project, Robot Design, and Core Values - secured them the coveted Champion’s Award. “As a team, the Tigers planned, coordinated, and successfully carried out their own program. I am so proud of these young men and young women, and I count it a privilege to be part of their success,” said Park.
Two other MISD Robotics teams performed well enough in all four judging areas at their qualifier competition to advance to a Second Chance Qualifier competition. These teams include the Timberbots from Cross Timbers Intermediate, coached by Laura Thomason and Danni Vega, and the Mustang Robotics team from Donna Shepard Intermediate, coached by Rebecca Miller and Amber Van Dyke. Both teams will have another opportunity to advance to the Regional Championship at this competition, which will be held on Saturday, January 23rd at Wedgwood Middle School in Fort Worth.
Other honorable mentions include the TigerBots from Mary Orr Intermediate, coached by Monica Abrams, who won the Overall Robot Performance Award by finishing 2nd place in the Robot Game and achieving high scores in Robot Design, and the RoboLions from Janet Brockett Elementary, coached by Pamela Eaton, who won the Robot Design Award.
Kudos to all 12 Mansfield ISD teams who competed at FIRST LEGO League and good luck to the 18 MISD teams gearing up for TCEA Area 11 Robotics Contest. This competition will be held on Saturday, January 16th at Alvarado Junior High.