Two teams comprised of seventh and eighth grade students from Mr. Howard Ludlow's robotics classes competed in the Alamo Region Corpus Christi FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament on February 2nd at Del Mar College.
Considered the largest robotics competition in the world, FIRST LEGO League is represented in over 95 countries with over 300,000 students competing each year. The competition challenges students with a series of robotics events based on developing new, real-world, eco-friendly concepts that could be used in everyday life.
This year's challenge was called "Into Orbit," where students were trained to think like scientists and engineers in order to solve several real issues professionals might have when exploring the vastness of space.
To do this, Middle Level students built, tested, and programmed autonomous robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in various robot games.
While researching, students spent time with retired Capt. Pam Carel, a former instructor pilot who worked closely with rockets and aircraft during her time at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. The students asked Carel an array of questions ranging from knowing which rocket fuel to choose and how long it takes to design a rocket.
During this year's qualifying competition, our eighth grade team scored the third highest number of points and was awarded the CORE Values trophy.
Our seventh grade team scored the highest number of points and was awarded the Champions Trophy, the award given to the overall best team at the tournament. They were also awarded the Robot Performance Trophy.
"This is the third year IWA's Middle Level robotics teams have competed at FIRST LEGO League tournaments and the first time one of our teams has been named Champion of the event — a great milestone for our school and the students from the program," Middle Level robotics teacher Howard Ludlow said.
Our IWA ANGELBOTS teams will compete in the FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament on March 23rd in San Antonio hoping to advance to the next round of this very challenging competition.
The eighth grade ANGELBOTS 1 team consists of Andrew Beauchamp, Alek Brysch, Geraint Ballenger, and David Matl.
The seventh grade ANGELBOTS 2 team consists of Gabriel Armstrong, Eldon Cass, Andy Kretsinger, and Diego Roberts.
Middle Level Robotics First Lego League Regional Qualifier
Middle Level Robotics Guest Speaker Capt. Pam Carel