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Local Students Qualify for Regional Competition at FIRST Tech Challenge

December 17, 2013

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Thirteen high school and middle school teams from the Coastal Bend and surrounding areas competed in the FIRST (For Inspiration of Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge Qualifier hosted at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Dugan Wellness Center. 

“Events such as the FTC Block Party provide students an opportunity to obtain skills in STEM fields,” said Korinne Caruso, Program Coordinator in the College of Science and Engineering. “We hope that community awareness of events such as this one can spark interest from the local community and area industries to support future events.”

From this qualifying event, six teams will advance to the FTC Alamo Regional Championship to be hosted in San Antonio in February 2014. Among them were two teams from Moody High School, two from Stacey Junior Senior High School in San Antonio, one team from Del Rio Middle School, and one team from Brandeis High School in San Antonio.

The two most honorable awards are the Winning Alliance Award and the Inspire Award. The recipients for the Winning Alliance Award were two teams from Stacey Junior Senior High School in San Antonio, the Blue Devils and the Blue Angels. The recipient for the Inspire Award was Team Mindcraft from Moody High School. The team recipients each received medals and trophies.

Teams who received other awards include Brandeis High School (Team BroncBotz Orange), Think Award; Del Rio Middle School (Team RoboSquad), Connect Award; Stacey Junior Senior High School (Blue Angels), Innovate Award; Moody High School (Team Chaos), Design Award; and Del Rio Middle School (Team Nerd-Vana), Motivate Award.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s College of Science and Engineering hosts this event to give students from local schools the opportunity to participate in qualifying events without having to travel great distances.

FIRST, a not-for-profit public charity, was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST is supported by a strong network of sponsors and volunteers. FIRST provides the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) for students in Grades 7-12, the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for Grades 4-8 (ages 9 to 14) , and the Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL).

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