The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

February 21, 2014

Palestine HS robotics team advances in competition

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE —

The Palestine High School robotics teams competed in the Northeast Texas VEX Regional Qualifier Tournament on Saturday in Carthage, with both teams advancing into the semi-finals.

“This was our teams’ second competition ever, and both teams advanced into the semi-finals of the tournament. One of the teams made it to the championship match, but lost to a larger school,” PHS teacher and robotics sponsor Joseph Baker said. “Our teams had to put in a lot of hours to prepare for this tournament and it paid off. Congratulations to Elvin Espanoza, Destiny Harding and Jonathan Olguin for their hard work.”

One of the teams also won the judge’s award for the tournament. The judge’s award recognizes the top team that impressed the judges their robotics design and engineer notebook entries, along with the robots ability to perform different operations.

“We are doing great things in our robotic classes, and this is just the beginning. Our teams will go to Waco in two week to compete in the SkillsUSA Texas District 5 Mobile Robotics Competition for the right to go to state in April,” Baker said. “We have some busy weeks ahead of us, but we are determined to succeed!”

Palestine ISD has earned multiple grants for robot supplies. These students began working with robotics in the eighth-grade at Palestine Junior High School, but now students begin to study robots as early as the fourth grade at Story Intermediate School. Recently, Story students were able to witness, by Skype, NASA scientists working on the Mars Rover.