Two CISD Schools Qualify For Robotics Championship
Submitted By Jason Gordon
For the second consecutive year, Smithson Valley Middle School qualified for the Texas BEST & UIL State Robotics Championship at UT-Dallas in Richardson and The Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco.
The Smithson Valley Middle “Gearheads, Inc.” team qualified for the state meet in impressive fashion, finishing second at the SA BEST Competition at St. Mary’s University on Oct. 14.
Out of 38 middle and high schools, SVMS finished second with a cumulative score of 88.85. They are coached by Sandy Boldway.
In the “exhibit” category, SVMS had the top score of any team at SA BEST and took home a trophy for the accomplishment.
In addition, Spring Branch Middle School finished sixth at SA BEST and also advanced to the Texas BEST & UIL State Robotics Championship. They are coached by Troy Mann.
“We have a great group of kids working together collaboratively, problem solving and doing a really great job,” said Chris Smith, SBMS principal. “I’m very proud of them.”
Other Comal ISD schools to compete and advance to the SA BEST semifinals were: Smithson Valley High School (9th overall) and Canyon Lake High School (12th overall). Memorial Early College High School also competed at SA BEST and finished 23rd overall.
“Robotics is an excellent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) extra-curricular activity,” said Sarah King, Comal ISD Coordinator of G/T. “I’m overjoyed we have so many students involved district-wide. I’m very impressed with the work ethic and dedication of our teachers and students involved in the robotics program.”
The Texas BEST & UIL State Robotics Championships will take place December 7-9.