The DIS Robotics Club qualified two teams to go to the TCEA state competition held April 9 in San Angelo. Both teams beat approximately 500 teams last December to qualify for the state tournament.
The Team of Bunnicorn, made up of Allison Li, Myra Mak, and Sunny Daggubati came in ninth place. The Team of “This Space for Rent” (pictured left) was made up of Addison Miller, George Carson, and Austin Meek came in fourth place. This was Addison, George and Austin’s second trip to the state competition. Last year they placed eighth.
TCEA’s mission is the improvement of teaching and learning through the use of computers and technology. Each year students receive a set of challenge rules and specifications designed around a theme that varies from year to year. This year’s theme was titled, “Texas Tea” and was designed around the process of oil exploration and drilling. A programmable robot is designed, built and programmed by teams up to 4 students. Their robot is limited only to the imagination of its inventor.
Durham also had a robotics team compete in the high school division. Ben Wireman (pictured right), eight grader at DMS and Deepak Chandra (also pictured right), ninth grader at CHS both advanced to the state competition and placed fourth place. Deepak has been with Dragon Robotics for four years and has placed in previous state competitions.
Participating in this event highlighted the dedication that these DIS students have had in regards to working towards a common goal and not letting time, engineering problems and programming hiccups get in their way. Each of these teams averaged 5-7 hours of engineering and programming of their robots per week. This is on top of their other extra curricular activities and school work.