Three La Porte ISD
elementary robotics teams brought recognition to their schools and the district
at the first All-Earth Ecobot Challenge held at the George R. Brown Convention
Center on April 25.
50 teams from Harris County and surrounding areas participated in the
competition. Students in grades
five,six, seven and eight were charged with transforming robots into instruments
of change as they built their LEGO creations to "Recycle, Reuse and Reduce
Two teams from College Park Elementary School
advanced to the finals of the robotics competition, with Team 1 earning 10th
place and Team 2 winning 16th. Team 1 included Alanis Bing, Yessy Hinojosa, Kevin Clark and Hanna
Guerrero, and Team 2 included Braulio Garza, Tommy Freeman, Jacob Edwards and
of the College Park Robotics Club are principal Deborah Shearer and enrichment
specialist Linda Hyde.
"We are very proud of our students in
the Robotics Club and their teamwork for success in the EcoBot Challenge,"
Shearer said. "Our students proudly
represented College Park and the La Porte School District. We look forward to
next year and working for first place."
Other members of the College Park
Robotics Club who attended the event were Luis Atilano, Anthony Atilano, Kylee
Duree, Desmond Pelt and Maddie Riggenbach.
Leo Rizzuto Elementary School Rizz Kids advanced to the finals of the marketing
competition, placing 12th.
Members of the team included Alexis Webb, Bennie Flores, Ashton Cole and
Rhett Cook. The sponsor of the Rizz Kids
is fifth-grade teacher Pat McBride.
Lego robotics program is an excellent learning experience for the kids,"
McBride said. "They learn the basics of programming and then have to
problem-solve to complete a challenge. The team has to cooperate and
share responsibilities to be successful. At every step of the process,
the kids are in control - the coach just acts as a compass."
event was hosted by the Education Foundation of Harris County in partnership
with the City of Houston Convention Entertainment Facilities Department,
Houston Galveston Area Council and Harris County Department of Education. Other corporate sponsors included Cole
Chemicals, Rehak Creative Services, Continental Airlines and Minh Tran, P.C.
addition to participating in rounds of competition throughout the day, team
members enjoyed a robotics demonstration by Naoki Maru and his sons, who are
from Japan. The Maru family has won
numerous championships in the ROBO-ONE humanoid robot competitions.