Three Texas Middle School SWAT Robotics Teams took top ten placements in the Texas Computer Education Association Area 8 Intermediate Robotics Challenge.

The event took place earlier this month in Mt. Pleasant, TX.  A total of 31 teams from the area participated, including the TMS SWAT Teams (SWAT stand for Students with Amazing Talents.

TISD-1st Place

First Place in Robotics Arena was awarded to the team of Alejandro Cardenas, Christian Miller, Brandon Reeves-Harwood and Tyler Thomas.

TISD-3rd Place

Third Place in Robotics Arena was the team of Christopher Gennings, Daryon Jackson, Kason Orgeron and William Prewitt.

TISD-7th Place

Seventh Place in Robotics Arena was the team of Efren Cardenas, Jair Hernandez, Spencer Lawing and Hunter Sizemore.

TCEA chooses a new challenge each year for the Arena Robotics competition.  Teams build a robot using one LEGO EV3 or NXT, a specific set of motors and sensors, and LEGO-branded elements.  Teams are allowed a total retail value of $5 to incorporate non-electrical, non-LEGO parts on their robots to enhance functionality or for decoration.

Area teams participate in three two-minute rounds.  A team’s robot must perform specific tasks on the challenge field.  Points, penalties and bonus awards are calculated at the end of each round.  This year’s challenge was “Mission to Mars.”