Robotics team’s entry wins state competition

A Brady team has done it again! Competing on the state level, one of three local robotics teams competing at the meet Saturday, Feb. 2, in Manor, took top honors with a first-place finish. The events’were split into arena and inventions, and students competed with fourth through eighth graders in Division II. Brady Elementary School teacher Kristi Sides sponsored two inventions teams; one from the elementary and one from middle school.’The middle school team placed first and won the state championship against very stiff competition.’ The team was comprised of sixth graders Devin Keese, Kwana Cole, Austin Odom and Saul Castillo. Their invention, the Soldier Saver, was designed to deliver medical equipment to an injured solider. The elementary team was composed of fifth graders Jordan Sides, Molly Lansford and Marissa Moreno.’ Their invention was designed to replace damaged heat tiles on a space shuttle before re-entry through the atmosphere.’ This team previously won first place at the regional competition, and then placed 10th out of 37 teams at the state level.’At the recommendation of one of the judges at the state competition, they are in the process of sending a video of their presentation to NASA for consideration. “The competition was amazing this year,” said Mrs. Sides.'”Brady’s teams clearly had exceptional ideas and presentations, and it was impressive that our small school district could compete against the larger districts and win. Our children are incredible thinkers and problem-solvers who will surely’impact our world.’ In another team represented at the meet, Brady Elementary School teacher Teresa Smith sponsored fifth graders Isaiah Regeon, Christian Vargas, Reid Meyers, and Brandon Hernandez’from Brady Elementary. They competed in the arena competition, where they placed 14th out of 66 teams. Their goal was to design a robot that could collect unexploded land mines and return as many as possible to a specified location.’ ‘I am proud of their hard work,” Mrs. Smith said. “This team never fell below 17th place throughout the competition.”

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