Katy, TX (December 5, 2015) Cinco Ranch Junior High was filled with the sound of cheering as Cinco Ranch High School’s CRyptonite Robotics Team hosted their fourth annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Katy Qualifier robotics tournament.
For the second year in a row, Team 9066 (Naturally Beck) from Beck Junior High won the First Place Champions Award as the team with the highest combined score from all elements of the competition, beating out 23 other teams from all over the Houston Metro area.
FIRST LEGO League is a robotics competition for 4th to 8th grade students in teams comprised of two to ten members. Every year, the teams, working with adult mentors build a LEGO robot to compete in a specific challenge designed by FIRST. In addition to organizing and running the tournament, Cinco Ranch High School robotics Team 624, CRyptonite, has been sending student mentors to help adult volunteers work with teams from Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High.
Robots are built of LEGO and LEGO MINDSTORMS products including sensors, attachments and motors. This seasons’ game is called Trash Trek. In Trash Trek, teams are challenged to explore the world of trash, from collection, to sorting, to smart production, and reuse. They must create their own LEGO MINDSTORMS robot to accomplish trash-themed missions on a tabletop playing field.
In addition to building a robot, teams also create a project solution to present to a panel of judges. This year’s project was to make less trash or improve the way people handle the trash they make. On the competition day, students present their solutions, and the top three teams also receive a Golden Ticket to the Championship.
To learn more about FIRST Robotics Competition: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/frc
For more information on Team 624: http://team624.org/