SAN ANTONIO–The Carroll Senior High School Dragons were named champions in the final round of the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC-small bots) at the 2011 Alamo Regional FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition.
The win means the Dragons have secured their spot at the World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri later this year, along with the “Crusading Cucumbers” robotics team from Mansfield High School.
Carroll was also honored with the “Think Award,” recognizing excellence in the construction of their engineering notebook. The engineering notebook is a critical portion of the contest, where team members illustrate their thought process and document the step-by-step development of their robot.
Forty eight teams competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge. In FTC, students grades 9-12, design, build, and program robots by applying real-world math and science concepts. All this in order to qualify for a place in the World Championship and a chance to earn $7 million in college scholarships.
The Alamo Regional event, sponsored by Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds Initiative and others, is the second largest FIRST Robotics Competition in the country. In all, 1,400 students and 108 teams are competing in this weekend’s events. Teams competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC-large bots) will take over Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5.