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TIER Plays Critical Role in Major Robotics Convention

NVC's Texas Institute for Educational Robotics (TIER) played an instrumental role in hosting the largest regional robotics event in the nation this past weekend.    

The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center hosted thousands of elementary through high school students as they showcased their robots in tournament-style competitions. The robotics showdown also received local press coverage.    Robot 

The four-day event was coordinated by Alamo FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) which included all four FIRST programs. TIER is an operational partner for all the leagues except the FIRST Robotics Competition, in which TIER just assists the organization.     

At the event, TIER hosted its own Alamo FIRST Lego League (FLL) Championship for students in fourth to eighth grades. Sixty-one teams and hundreds of students competed in order to vie for the top spot to go to the world championship in St. Louis in April. The 2nd place team competes in one of two North American FLL invitational events held at Legoland California or Legoland Florida.    

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For students in kindergarten through third grade, TIER hosted a Snack Attack junior FLL expo. Eleven teams researched a snack food and then created a ‘Show Me’ poster of their research journey as well as a Lego model representing part of that journey.     

To help pull off the March weekend events and other previously held robotics event, TIER had help from:    

  • Colin Nichols - A control system operator at Jan. 21 qualifier 
  • Lynn Dean - A judge at Feb. 11 qualifier and plus March 1 and 2 championship 
  • Pat Fontenot & Raquel Perez - Judges at March regional event 
  • Angelica Esparza - A referee at Feb. 11 qualifier and March 1 and 2 championship 
  • Zak Cernoch – A referee at December scrimmage and March 3 championship 
  • Qiaoying Zhou, Viviane Marioneaux - Referees March 3 championship 
  • Qi Wang - Score keeper at December scrimmage & March 3 championship 
  • Sabina Swank - Took team photographs for judges 
  • Felix Salinas – referee at December scrimmage 
  • Melissa Monroe-Young – Photos Friday morning 
  • William Watt – Workforce intern and UTSA student – helped with load and pit administration   

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Video links from the event: 

Army mentors/volunteers:

http://www.dvidshub.net/video/139020/first-robotics-competition#.T1rJ_3nGTQO 

Story on the Wounded Warrier honor and scholarship by Time Warner Cable: 

http://blog.mysanantonio.com/matt-scherer/2012/03/danger-this-blog-may-make-you-cry/