Robotics team takes 2nd place

March 12, 2009 8:58:17 AM PDT
Clear Creek ISD's high school Robotics' team, The Robonauts, just completed a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) regional robotics' tournament in Washington D.C. The Robonauts placed second out of 65 teams. They also won the Motorola Quality Award at the competition. This tournament was the kick-off week for six weeks of regional tournaments around the world for the FIRST Robotics' Program. The robotics competitions culminate with the world finals in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome in mid April.

This year's teams are competing in a game called Lunacy, which is played on a 27' by 54' playing field under conditions to mimic the weightlessness of space. Each team has had 6 weeks to build a robot that is no larger than 3'x4'x5' to compete in Lunacy. The CCISD Robonauts work with a dedicated group of mentors from NASA and other area businesses to develop a robot from scratch. Their major sponsors include NASA, United Space Alliance, Kuraray America, BP, Jacobs Engineering, Exxon/Mobil, and SpawMaxwell.

Included in the regional tournaments is the Lone Star Tournament here in Houston. The Robonauts will be competing in the Lone Star competition with their robot, Revolution. After the second place finish in D.C., the Robonauts are looking to win at home. More than 63 teams from across the nation are expected to compete in the Lone Star Regional Robotics Competition here in Houston on March 26 to March 28, 2009 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. It promises to be one filled with excitement and fantastic competition. All are welcome to attend; admission is free.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was created 18 years ago and strives to promote science and technology to young people across the world. FIRST endeavors to create a world where science and technology are celebrated... where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes.

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