FIRST Robotics team wins first at regional, advances to Nationals
For Immediate Release:
March 23, 2010
Contact: Brian Morris, 766-1062 or Greg Burnham, 392-6516
A team of 16 students from Lubbock ISD earned first-place honors in the regional For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics competition this past weekend in Dallas. The team faced off against 52 teams from across Texas, seven other states and Mexico. By winning first place, the Lubbock ISD and area students qualified for the nationals to be held in Atlanta, Georgia April 15-17. The team, known as the Llano Estacado Robo Raiders, is comprised of ten Lubbock High Students, five Estacado High School students and one student from J.T. Hutchinson Middle School. Six students from Levelland and area home schools also participated on the team. The high school and middle school students were assisted by ten mentors from Texas Tech University, Boeing and Texas Instruments. Sponsorship for the team is provided by The Texas Tech University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boeing, the Texas Workforce Commission and The Houston Endowment.
Students from Lubbock ISD have been competing in FIRST for the last five years. The Llano Estacado Robo Raiders qualified for nationals once before in 2007 as a “rookie” team. If a team performs particularly well in their rookie season, they become eligible to attend nationals purely as an incentive to continued participation.
To sharpen their competitive skills for the FIRST Nationals in Atlanta, the Llano Estacado Robo Raiders will compete in the Colorado regional this weekend in Denver where they will compete against 41 other teams from seven different states. The team will travel by bus and will depart from the Jones Stadium parking lot on the Texas Tech campus at 7 a.m., Wednesday, March 24.
The Lubbock High School students are: Robert Abbe, Adriana Aguilar, Tim Allison, Kenyan Burnham, Zachary Burnham, Robert Duran, Patrick Goode, Aaron Kelley, Berl McLaurin and Tim McNeill.
The Estacado School students are: Russell Cassity, Miguel Lopez, Tori Palomo, Caitlin Puga and Ezequiel Tovar.
The J.T. Hutchinson Middle School student is Aaron Lambert.