The Melissa High School robotics team competed at the UIL State Robotics Competition last week at UT Dallas and Frisco’s Dr. Pepper Arena. The competition tied in with Super Regionals for BEST Robotics, which included teams from New Mexico.
The state competition featured five categories: an engineering notebook worth 30 points, a professional marketing presentation worth 25 points, a professional advertising booth with an interview worth 20 points, spirit and sportsmanship worth 10 points, and the competitive robot challenge worth 15 points. During the two-day competitive robot challenge, teams vied for the title of “top gun” which was presented to the best robot.
Entering the state competition, the Cardinals qualified by placing third at the UIL Regional Competition in October. The team then diligently worked to improve their notebook, presentation, booth, and robot in hopes of placing at state.
The team did improve the effectiveness of all categories, but fell just short of being able to place at state.
“The team has improved tremendously from last year and I am sure we will do our best to improve to get back to state next year and hopefully place,” said coach Rick Gagarin. “I am very proud of everything the kids accomplished this season. I would also like to thank Keith Melcher, Jose Vasquez, and Kelvin Moore for being our local engineering sponsors, as well as everyone who supported our endeavors this exciting robotics season.”
Contributor: Rick Gagarin
Media Contact: Maddie Coe, Community Relations