K. White MetalHawks- Alpha robotics team heads to Georgia for the FTC South Super-Regional Competition. What an amazing accomplishment for this rookie team.
Kenneth White MetalHawks FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team will be traveling to Athens, Georgia on March 6, 2018 to compete at the FTC South Super-Regional Championship Tournament. The MetalHawks robotics team will be one of three robotics teams, and the only middle school team representing the Rio Grande Valley at this competition. They will be competing among 72 other high school and middle school robotics teams from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas.
The MetalHawks earned their spot to compete at the Super-Regionals Championship at their Regional Championship Tournament, which was held February 16, 2018 in Austin, TX. At this competition, the MetalHawks competed among 78 robotics teams from various cities across central and south Texas. After their initial five matches, the MetalHawks performed very well and were invited into an alliance by two veteran high school robotics teams from the Austin region. The team members did a great job rising to the occasion and doing their part to ensure their alliance won their divisional championship. THe K.White MetalHawks finished their competition as part of the Finalist Alliance in the overall Tournament Championship. This result placed them in the top six teams from central and south Texas earning them a spot to represent Texas at the Super-Regional Championship Tournament, which is being held in Athens.
This is the first that the K. White Jr. High MetalHawks Robotics team competes in the FIRST Tech Challenge Competition. THe MetalHawks had previously qualified to the Austin Regionals by winning the divisional championships from the Rio Grande Valley’s Edison and Curie Leagues. Their advancement to the FTC South Super-Regionals is another incredible step of success for this rookie team.
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K. White MetalHawks Back-to-Back Inventions Champions in the RGV
The Kenneth White Jr. High MetalHawks robotics team defended their 1st place Intermediate Inventions title at the annual Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Area 1 Robotics Competition. The MetalHawks-Sierra team earned 1st place in Intermediate Inventions category. Additionally, the MetalHawks-Tango and MetalHawks-Alpha were awarded 3rd place in Advanced Inventions and 4th place in Advanced Arena, respectively. The teams are composed of the following members:
MetalHawks-Sierra: Jonathan Salinas (Captain), Hugo Mireles, Camila Urquizo, Valerie Compean, and Ricardo Ochoa
MetalHawks-Tango: Maritza Moreno (Captain), Alma Gomez, Danilee Alaniz, and Carlos Wong
MetalHawks-Alpha: Jorge Salinas (Captain), Gabriel Cordova, and Jaclyn Ornelas
In the Inventions category, each team follows the engineering design process to create a robot that solves a real world problem. Teams keep a detailed logbook and prepare a six-minute presentation for judges. During this presentation, students must showcase their research, robot performance, robot design, marketing strategies, and presentation skills.
In the Arena category, teams participate in three, two-minute, rounds in which a team’s robot must perform specific tasks on the challenge field. Points, penalties, and bonus awards are calculated at the end of each round, the teams must ensure their robot meets established requirements in regards to dimensions and materials used.
The MetalHawks Intermediate Inventions team will be representing KWJH at the TCEA State Competition. The Advanced Inventions and Arena teams also have a chance to make it to state if they are awarded a wild card slot in each category. This will be the fifth consecutive year the MetalHawks have qualified to the TCEA State Competition. Coaches for the MetalHawks Robotics team are Mr. J. Sanchez, Ms. S. Silva, Mr. A. Chapa, and Mrs. D. Garcia.