Two Cardinal Gibbons Robotics teams, along with 19 others, flexed their minds instead of their muscles at the January 14th First Tech Challenge Regional Qualifying Tournament. Gibbons hosted the tournament, which helps students develop skills such as problem-solving and organization by designing, building, and programming robots to perform prescribed tasks against competitors.
John Toebes, the team's head coach and parent of two Gibbons graduates, said this year's robot design exceeded that of previous years, resulting in Gibbons receiving the Think Award*.
One of our teams finished as part of the winning alliance, or the equivalent of first place, and will advance to the State Tournament next month. It will also assist our second team at the next qualifying tournament this Sunday to reach the state competition.
Over the years, team members have received two U.S. Patents and have three more pending - all based on ideas used in robots built for competitions. Members also have gone on to universities, including Georgia Tech and Carnegie Mellon, and to tech jobs at companies like Cisco and Google.
Read the full description of this year's challenge
View student photos of the tournament
View the live student-produced broadcast of the tournament
Here's a list of team members and volunteers who participated in the tournament
*This award is given to the team that best reflects the journey it experienced during the engineering design process.