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Beck Junior High Robotics Team Advances to Lone Star FLL Championship

The Cinco Ranch High School FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC®) Team 624 “CRyptonite” held its second annual FIRST  LEGO League (FLL®) robotics Qualifier Tournament on December 8 at Cinco Ranch Junior High.  Robotics teams of  4th to 8th grade students from all over the Houston metro area competed in the tournament. Team Cryptonite also organized a tournament toy drive to collect board games for the Krause Children’s Center in Katy.

FIRST LEGO League teams of two to ten members work alongside adult mentors to design, build and program autonomous robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® NXT technologies, and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of a research project.  This year’s competition is the SENIOR SOLUTIONSSM Challenge, where students explore the topic of aging. Can FIRST LEGO League teams improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities?

Team “Bud-Botics”, an independent team from the Cy-Fair area, won the First Place Champions Award as the team with the highest combined score from all elements of the competition. They also won the award for Robot Performance. Team“Beck Tech”, from Katy ISD’s Beck Junior High won the Second Place Champions Award.

As First and Second Place Champions, both Bud-Botics  and Beck Tech will advance to compete in the Lone Star FLL Championship Tournament, which takes place on February 23, 2013 at John H. Reagan High School in Houston.

FLL Teams are judged on each of the three parts of the FLL Challenge: The Robot Game – the performance of their robot in head-to-head competition, along with robot design and programming; The Project – a research project and presentation;  and FIRST Core Values – for how well a team embodies these values. 

Throughout the build, research and competition process, FLL robotics teams deal with real-world application of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts and hands-on problem solving, as well as honing research and presentation skills.         

Team CRyptonite students and adult volunteers organize and run the Katy Qualifier Tournament as part of their commitment to community service and to promoting FIRST robotics to inspire future scientists and engineers. The team also founded the  FLL programs at  Beck JH and Cinco Ranch JH, and currently mentor the two Cinco Ranch Junior High FLL teams.

The Katy FLL Qualifier Tournament, one of 800 held around the world, was the first step in the regional robotics competition process which culminates in the Southwest (Texas/New Mexico) FLL Championship.

Tournament. The winning team from this Championship Tournament will participate in the 2013 FLL World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri in April.

Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST was created to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an annual competition that helps students discover the rewards and excitement of science, engineering, and technology. The 2012 season included over 2,500 teams.

FRC combines the excitement of sports with science and technology to create a unique Varsity Sport for the Mind™. Participants are eligible to receive nearly $16 million in scholarships from some of the finest science and engineering schools in the country.

Since its founding  in 2000, Cinco Ranch High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) has achieved national recognition in all areas of FRC competition. Team highlights from 2012 include advancing to the divisional Semi-Finals of the FRC World Championship and the Indiana Robotics Invitational, winning the Bayou Regional Qualifying Event, advancing to the Finals at the Lone Star Regional Qualifying Event, along with capturing awards for quality, innovation and industrial safety. 

To learn more about FIRST Robotics Competition visit: http://usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc For more information on Team 624, visit http://team624.org/

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