CCISD Robotics Teams Shine at State Competition

CCISD Robotics Teams Shine at State Competition
Posted on 03/28/2019
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Hundreds of parents, students, staff and community members cheered from the stands inside the gymnasiums of Clear Falls High School as Clear Creek ISD elementary, intermediate and high school robotics teams competed in their respective State Competitions.

Out of the 48 total elementary competitors in the South Texas VEX IQ State Tournament, one CCISD team from Ed White E-STEM Magnet School and one team from Brookwood Elementary School qualified for the World Championship. Team 7421A from Westbrook Intermediate also qualified for the World Championship out of 24 total teams at the South Texas VEX EDR State Tournament.

“The robotics growth in CCISD has been double digit percentage increases for the last few years and that’s still not fast enough to keep up with the local demand,” said CCISD Robotics and Engineering Program Manager Andy Schaafs. “Our community recognizes the importance and fun there is in STEM and robotics. It’s an exciting time to be involved with CCISD Robotics and I can’t wait to see the future that these young engineers create!”

The 2019 VEX Robotics World Championship is the culmination to a long year of practice and determination for these students. The Westbrook team will travel to Louisville, Kentucky, from April 24-27, and Brookwood Elementary will travel for their competition on April 28-May 1. They will put their hard work to the test against more than 1,200 of the top, student-led teams around the world.

“Less than 1% of the teams in the world that start the year end up getting invited to Worlds,” added Schaafs. “For our district to have multiple teams qualify shows just how much the district fosters STEM and how amazing are the coaches at the schools. I am in awe of the support CCISD Robotics receives from Dr. Smith, his administration and the School Board, along with our amazing parents and volunteers. They are making great things happen!”

Clear Creek ISD is also home to the Robonauts Team 118, which is made up of around 60 students across six high schools. The team competes in the F.I.R.S.T, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, Robotics league, which has a different schedule and series of competitions than the VEX Robotics league. The Robonauts have won first place in both tournaments they have attended so far this year, including the Arizona North Regional FRC Competition on March 16. They will compete in the Lone Star South Regional on March 30, and then the UIL State Tournament on April 6 if they qualify.

Below are the results from the State Tournaments:

Excellence Award (highest in the tournament) – Ed White, 821B
Teamwork Champion – Brookwood, 804B
Teamwork Champion – Ed White, 821B
Teamwork 2nd Place – North Pointe Elementary, 823A
Think Award – Bauerschlag, 802A

Excellence Award (highest in the tournament) – Westbrook, 7421A
Tournament Champion – Clear Lake Intermediate, 5965A
Tournament Champion – Bayside, 2368A
Design Award – League City Intermediate, 7481A
Judges Award – Clear Lake Intermediate, 5965C
Tournament Finalists – Creekside, 6572D
Tournament Finalists – Westbrook, 7421B
Robot Skills Champion – Westbrook, 7421A

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