Del Valle, Texas: Hundreds of students from across the state, and as far as the U.S. territory of Guam, participated in the 2019 State Robotics Contest at Del Valle High School on April 27, 2019.
Students at the event, organized by TCEA, displayed their skills in engineering and problem solving by designing and testing robots built using the LEGO System. In the process, students develop higher-order thinking skills as they creatively seek solutions to complex problems. Robotics allows students to take a leading role in their own learning and become more fully engaged in STEAM subjects. The state event is the culmination of qualifying area contests, held in each of Texas’ ESC regions. You can read a description of this year’s state contest on the TechNotes blog, here.
Participants in TCEA robotics contests compete in teams of two to four, organized into four categories: Advanced and Intermediate Arena, which pit a team-built robot against a task-based obstacle course, and Advanced and Intermediate Invention, in which custom robots are designed specifically to solve a unique problem of the team’s choosing. After verifying the results, the top five teams in each category have been announced, listed in descending order.
2019 State Robotics Contest Results
Sundown ISD • STAR
Lumberton ISD • Robot Rescue
Hereford ISD • Spudnik Eco Heroes
Dimmitt ISD • Don Bell
Sundown ISD • Surge
Sundown ISD • P.U.S.H.
Sundown ISD • KnightNight
Edinburg CISD • The Care Takers
Mason ISD • Speedy Seed Sower
Hereford ISD • BeepBop
Goliad ISD • Rockin’ Robotics
Hamshire-Fannett ISD • H-F Arena #2
Guam DOE • The Wise Dogs
Edinburg CISD • TIGERBYTES
Keene ISD • Charger 11
Edinburg CISD • TIGERBOTS
The Emery/Weiner School • Kosher Chicken Tendies
Mission CISD • Yellow Robo Rangers
Tom Green County 4-H • Master Tech
Texarkana ISD • Robo Wizards
“Every year I’m surprised and inspired by the students who participate and the sponsors who teach them, and this year was no different,” said TCEA Executive Director Lori Gracey. “Not only do students develop critical thinking, design, and problem-solving skills, they also get to have fun and feel ownership over their creations.”
TCEA (tcea.org) is a nonprofit, member-based organization that has supported the use of technology in education since 1980. Our primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK–16 environment and providing our members with cutting-edge knowledge and resources through conferences, workshops, publications, and collaborations with higher education and business.
Members of TCEA interested in promoting robotics can join ROBO-SIG, a group dedicated to help educators involved in robotics, advocate for robotics as a classroom tool, build members’ knowledge base, and prepare sponsors for the challenges of student competitions. Learn more at tcea.org/membership/sigs/robo-sig/