FIRST Robotics teams complete seasons in World Championships

May 4, 2017

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Team No. 4587, the Jersey Voltage, finished its FIRST Robotics season in the semifinals of the World Robotics Championships April 19-22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

May 4, 2017—CFISD robotics teams were among the 400 teams from 41 different countries to converge on Houston for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) World Robotics Championships April 19-22 at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The event featured nearly 21,000 high school, middle school and elementary students from countries including Australia, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Brazil and Germany, who competed in the year’s contest of FIRST Steamworks.

Jersey Village High School team No. 4587, the Jersey Voltage, was seeded 42nd in the competition. The team was selected by the fifth-seeded alliance and beat the No. 1-seeded alliance in the semifinal round before losing the next two matches to be eliminated as a semifinalist.

The Jersey Voltage were seeded third in the Bayou Regional in New Orleans and lost in the finals but qualified for the Worlds in New Orleans. In the Alamo Regional in San Antonio, the team was seeded 22nd and was selected by the No. 7-seed alliance before losing in the quarterfinals.

“The best news, though, from Worlds was we found out a member of our rookie year who is now a sophomore at the University of Houston majoring in electrical engineering found out he is getting an internship at NASA this summer,” said John Gray, Jersey Village faculty sponsor. Of our original nine members of our team founded in 2011, five are enrolled in universities majoring in engineering and eight of the nine are in college. All of our seniors graduating this year are going to college next year. We are extremely proud of our alumni and our seniors who are setting such a great example for the younger members.”

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Team No. 3335, the Cy-Borgs, featuring students from four CFISD high schools, wrapped up a successful FIRST Robotics competition year at the World Robotics Championships April 19-22 in Houston.

Team No. 3335, the Cy-Borgs, featuring representatives from Cypress Ranch, Cypress Falls, Cypress Woods and Cypress Springs high schools, was seeded 41st out of 67 teams in the Newton Division of the World competition.

The team previously was seeded seventh in the Lone Star Central regional and was selected to advance at the Alamo Regional. The Cy-Borgs bowed out in the quarterfinal rounds of both competitions.

“The Cy-Borg team members have exhibited a lot of hard work and dedication to produce another great robot this year,” said Justin Powers, Cypress Ranch faculty sponsor. “I think that FIRST Robotics is an amazing competition that teaches students everything that the engineering/technology universities and companies are looking for. Our team members learn about collaboration, problem solving, design process, manufacturing, programming, engineering and so much more. I don’t think there is another high school organization that does so much for its members to expose them to the challenges they will face in college and career.”

Both the Jersey Voltage and Cy-Borgs will travel to Austin May 19-20 as two of the 32 teams selected to vie for the Texas UIL Robotics Championship. The Jersey Voltage finished second overall in the inaugural UIL contest in July 2016.

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