The RobotCats from League City Intermediate won 1st place in robot design and the 2nd place BEST award for the fourth year in a row at the recent USTEM Competition. WIRED, the robotics team at Westbrook Intermediate, won the 1st place BEST award and 2nd place in robot design. The robot design award is given to the team whose robot scores the most points in the game, given a certain task. The BEST award is given to the teams that ranked highest overall on its project engineering notebook, marketing presentation, display booth, robot, spirit and sportsmanship. The RoboCats and WIRED will now move on to the Texas BEST Regional Championship in Dallas on December 8-10.
These intermediate school students compete against other intermediate and high school students across several states, including teams from engineering magnet schools. WIRED has advanced to Texas BEST eight of the last nine years. This is the fourth year that the RoboCats have been a team at League City Intermediate and have also advanced to Texas BEST.
For the 2016 competition, the robot game had an agricultural theme. Students had to plant seeds, harvest crops, fix and irrigation pipe, and herd pigs. At the beginning of the season, the teams received a box of raw materials, including things such as plywood, PVC, metal, and nuts and bolts. WIRED and the RoboCats designed, prototyped, built and integrated robot subsystems into a final product.
The Texas BEST Regional Championship, however, is not only about the robot competition. It requires a project engineering notebook documenting the engineering process and design (including CAD drawings), a marketing presentation and exhibit, and the team’s enthusiasm and sportsmanship during events.