Monday, March 30, 2015

WAIS hosts Texas Regional Botball Tournament; Competes in PVAMU Agribotics

Saturday March 28th, WAIS hosted the Texas Regional Botball Tournament. Teams traveled from as far away as Presidio, while others just from other areas of Houston. In Botball, like many other robotic competitions, students build and program an autonomous robot to complete a variety of tasks within a time limit. Unlike many other robotic competitions, students must program in the C language, complete and submit documentation throughout the season, as well as present information on their team and its progress. Both middle school and high school students may participate in Botball.

This is WAIS' second year to participate and first year to host. This year's team featured six returning members, and five new members. All of WAIS' team members range from 7th-10th grade this year. The team took Second Seed from the preliminary matches, Third Place in double elimination, Special Judges Award for their C Programming, and Third Place overall.

WAIS Robotics Club advisers & members, NHS Students, and Class of 2016 helped with setup, concessions, directing foot traffic, break down, and clean up for the event. Photography provided by WAIS Clicks4Good adviser.

PVAMU 4H Extension Agribotics
A team of WAIS 8th grade students also participated in the PVAMU 4H Agribotics City-level Tournament at Lockhart Elementary on Saturday. The students took 1st and also received a Special Judges Award for the Spirit of Robotics due to their willingness to help others. The team will compete again at the Prairie View A&M University Agribotics Invitational in May.

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