Kids' Day at HP 2008 features robotics

HOUSTON The seventh-annual event held at the Hewlett-Packard Campus featured CASE after-school robotics teams from six school districts and a charter school. HP dedicates its staff and facilities to the event and donates prizes to the students. In addition, HP staff discusses technology career options and give students a tour of its headquarters.

CASE Kids' Days are fun, educational projects that connect after-school programs to real-world experiences. Events give students opportunities to network with math, science and technology professionals.

"Partnerships with companies like HP are important because kids see that school matters by experiencing opportunities in the corporate workplace," said CASE Director Shannon Bishop.

Three categories of judging allowed for healthy competition for the teams. Computerized motor vehicles built from LEGO Mindstorms kits found their way through complex tracks with specific feats to perform. A marketing competition judged teams who touted imaginary robots and the merits of their services. A "speed demon" race judged vehicles in a distance/speed exercise.

Winners of the competition for 2008:
Overall winner (average of all categories): 1st place -- Waller Junior High; 2nd place -- Hogg Middle School; 3rd place -- Amigos Por Vida Charter

Robotics winner: 1st place -- Waller Junior High; 2nd place -- Schultz Middle School; 3rd place -- Hogg Middle School

Marketing winners: 1st place -- Shotwell Middle; 2nd place -- Henderson Elementary; 3rd place -- Herrera Elementary

Speed Demon winners: 1st place -- Schultz Middle, 2nd place -- Shotwell Middle, 3rd place -- Harlem Elementary

Schools participating in Kids' Day at HP 2008:
Houston Independent School District -- Hogg Elementary (77009), Cullen Middle (77021), Herrera Elementary (77022), Henderson (77020) and Crockett (77007); Goose Creek Consolidated ISD -- Harlem Elementary; Aldine ISD -- Shotwell Middle, Waller ISD -- Schultz Middle and Waller Junior High; Fort Bend ISD -- Ridgegate Elementary, North Forest ISD -- B.C. Elmore Middle School (77028); Charter School -- Amigos Por Vida (77081)

CASE provides after-school programs in 108 after-school sites in Harris County for about 10,000 students in elementary through high school in greater Harris County. The CASE mission is to strengthen, support and sustain after school for all children. Formed in 1999 by Harris County Department of Education, the CASE vision is to ensure that every child in Harris County has access to a quality after-school program.

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