St. Anthony Catholic School Robotics Team Wins Top Prize
February 05, 2016 | posted by Stephen Chavez
Topics: Catholic Schools
Photo caption: Saint Bots Robotics Teams Holds First Place Tropy. (Back row, L-R): Jeremy Libby, Sonam Rosacker, Maribelle Mozingo, Nathaniel Amador, Mariela Pena, Isabella Escobedo. (Front row, L-R): Alessandra Simpson, Catalina Moore, Mia Moore. (Not pictured): Luca Ovin.
In its first year as an organized club among the various extracurricular activities available to St. Anthony Catholic School students, the “Saint Bots” Robotics Team made up of boys and girls from 4th and 5th grade clinched the top prize for the Trash Trek Project portion of the FIRST Lego League Robotics Qualifier Competition held on January 23 at Karen Wagner High School. The Saint Bots were one of 25 teams from public and private schools across San Antonio, Converse, New Braunfels and Del Rio.
The scored portions of the tournament included Robotics, Robotics Design, Trash Trek Project, and Core Values. For their Trash Trek Project, the team had to identify a problem, design an innovative solution, and present the solution to the judges. The judges were impressed with the “Pins for Bins” campaign and the high-spirited “Recycle like Saints” t-shirts and theme, which the students developed. The Trash Trek Project promotes STEM learning as students explore the world of “trash” from collecting and sorting, to disposal and recycling.
“This level of performance was clearly a significant accomplishment in the short period of time that the St. Bots team had to build a robot game table, program the robot, build complex mission models, brainstorm, research, and prepare a project and presentation,” said Monica Simpson, St. Anthony Parent, Board Member and Robotics Team Coach.
As St. Anthony Catholic School seeks to enhance their curriculum with STEM components from PreK to Middle School, Principal, Mrs. Patricia Ramirez, fully supported the students’ participation in the FIRST Lego League.
“Their ability to feel comfortable presenting to judges at such a young age speaks volumes to the formation of the student we focus on here at St. Anthony Catholic School. We are very proud of the team,” said Ramirez.
Teachers, dedicated parents, and students spent hours preparing and practicing for the competition.
St. Anthony Catholic School is dedicated to educating a diverse student body in the Catholic faith, Christian values, and academic excellence. For more information on St. Anthony Catholic School or to schedule a tour, visit http://www.stanthonysa.org/ or call 210-735-0713.
Photos courtesy of: Rusty Morrell, Anne Hardgrove & Monica Simpson