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Robotics team wins award at FTC championship

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Robotics teams from schools everywhere in the El Paso region gathered at the UTEP Memorial Gym on Feb. 2 for the FTC regional championships. Teams have been gathering once a month since November to prepare for the big day that would determine which teams would move on to state.

Points were combined from the first meet to make a team’s final score.

This year El Dorado had two teams competing: The Calpuli Bots and The RoboAzTechs. This was done in an effort to make the underclassmen more independent from the seniors who are leaving.

“No matter the outcome today we’re all really proud because we were all able to learn and improve throughout the season,” junior Julissa Arteaga said. 

The RoboAzTechs were consistent throughout the season, winning the Inspire Award and advancing to state competition in Lubbock on Feb. 16. The Inspire Award is the highest award in the competition, awarded to the team with the best engineering notebook, best performing robot, and most gracious professionalism both on and off the team.

As for the rookie team, Calpuli Bots, the season had a rather rocky start due to not registering early enough for the first qualification meet. This gave them a disadvantage points-wise under other teams who had a head start over them.

Although they did not qualify for state, The Calpuli Bots were awarded second place in both the Connect Award (community outreach) and Think Award (engineering notebook).

“I was very relieved. I was very happy because we put a lot of work and effort into our robot and engineering notebook,” senior Annai Cuvelier said.

I was very relieved. I was very happy because we put a lot of work and effort into our robot and engineering notebook. ”

— Annai Cuvelier, 12

As for the rookie team, Calpuli Bots, the season had a rather rocky start due to not registering early enough for the first qualification meet. This gave them a huge disadvantage, points wise under other teams who had a head start over them.

Although they did not qualify for state, The Calpuli Bots were awarded second place in both the Connect Award (community outreach) and Think Award (engineering notebook).

“I think there’s always room for improvement but I think we did pretty good considering it’s our first time building a robot on our own,” sophomore Heather Nyguyen said.

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