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Melissa robotics team advances to state for second year

Melissa robotics team at the 2018 Regional Competition

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Nov 2018
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The Melissa High School robotics team competed in the 2018 UIL Regional Robotics Competition earlier this month, placing high enough to advance to state for the second consecutive year.

Over 30 students make up the Melissa robotics team. Categories in the competition include a professional engineering notebook, a marketing presentation, a professional company booth, the robot-building and field competition, and sportsmanship.

Robotics at Regionals

Robotics students work on their robot at regionals.

Rick Gagarin leads the robotics program, which is part of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program at Melissa Schools.

“I am very proud of the kids,” said Gagarin. “They have been working hard since Sept. 1 to design, build, document, and test a working robot for this competition in hopes of making it to state once again. It’s nice to see their hard work pay off. Their new goal is to place at state and as determined as they are, I’m confident that their new goal can be achieved.”

Cheer on Melissa robotics at the state competition

The Melissa robotics team will compete in the 2018 UIL State Robotics Championships on Nov. 29-30 and Dec. 1 at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco and at the University of Texas at Dallas.

A key part of the team’s score will be based on spirit, which requires cheering and noise from those in the audience at the Dr. Pepper Arena on Friday and Saturday.

Those interested in attending and supporting the robotics team are invited to ride the Cardinal One bus to and from the competition. The bus will depart from the Melissa Middle School parking lot.

  • Friday, Nov. 30:
    • Spirit Judging: 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
    • Bus Departs @ 4:00 p.m.
    • Bus Returns @ 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 1:
    • Spirit Judging: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    • Bus Departs @ 8:00 a.m.
    • Bus Returns @ 4:00 p.m.

Each person who shows up to the competition in support of Melissa robotics will receive a free t-shirt at the door, while supplies last.

Robotics at Regionals

Robotics students at the regional competition.



Media Contact:
Maddie Coe, Community Relations

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