Houston, TX – Spectrum 3847, the joint engineering team of St. Agnes Academy and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory was given the Chairman’s Award at the FIRST Robotics Competition Lone Star Regional in Houston this past weekend. The Chairman's Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, honoring the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.
“With this, Spectrum has secured a bid to the World Championship in St. Louis, Missouri, at the end of April,” said Coach Allen Gregory. “The creativity and hard work of this team has been amazing.”
Overall, Spectrum 3847 ranked fifth out of 55 teams after the robotics qualifying matches. At the award ceremony, they also received the Creativity Award for several of the unique features on their robot, the first time the team has won for engineering features on any of their robots. The team had advanced into the quarter and semifinal rounds playing matches with alliance partners 4587 Jersey Voltage, of Jersey City, and 2881 The Lady Cans, of Austin. They were eliminated in a hard-played, yet difficult round to the alliance that ended up winning the robot portion of the regionals.
For 2014, FIRST has 2,720 teams comprised of 68,000 high school students in grades 9-12. They sponsor 54 regional events; four qualifying championships; and 40 qualifying (district) competitions. Teams must build their robots in six weeks from a common kit of parts provided by FIRST, and typically weigh up to 150 lbs.
All of Spectrum’s match videos are archived on YouTube and can be accessed here.