NISD elementary students compete in 2023 virtual robotics tournament
This school year, elementary students across Northwest ISD learned valuable problem-solving and coding skills through the Virtual Robotics Tournament, sponsored by the Northwest ISD Education Foundation. This is the foundation’s fourth year to sponsor the tournament.
In the tournament, students were presented with five robotics kits to choose from including a Lego Spike robot, Dash robot, Ozobot, Lego Mindstorm EV3 robot and a Lego Wedo 2 robot. After forming teams and choosing their robotics kit, students had about two months to complete their challenge and submit to compete against other schools virtually.
In each challenge, students created a robot prototype that could be driven, either by code or through an app, through a sequence of challenges to demonstrate a solution to improve the way products are transported and delivered from seaport to consumer. Once students perfected their solution, they filmed their robot moving through the course and submitted their video online.
The teams that scored highest overall for their challenges were crowned the tournament champions. Teams could also win the Design Award for having the most creative and efficient robot mat course, the Go-Go Gadget Award for the creating the most unique or creative accessories, or the Spirit and Sportsmanship Award for demonstrating the most enthusiasm and spirit for their team and others.
A complete list of award winners can be found below.
|1st Place and Design Award||CreArt Co.||Aariz Siddiqui, Clarissa Mendoza, Riley Smyth||JCT|
|Spirit and Sportsmanship||LifeSave Co.||Gift Ngeche, Ayden Burton, Lailah Lary||JCT|
|GoGo Gadget||Vex School||Elijah Alexander, Ethan Nowell, Cashton Hooper||JCT|
|1st Place||Spike Nerds||Owen Sanders, Matthew Gavina, Ryan Watson, Jude Gilland||Cox|
|GoGo Gadget||Gadget Girls||Kaitlyn Bernardo, Greta Nordstrom, Bailey Morris, Lilly Henkes||Granger|
|Design Award||Geared for Success||Hannah Daverio, Amelia Ringe, Jaskirat Singh, Livia Virmani||Granger|
|Spirit and Sportsmanship||Robo Pets||Avery Zrodlowski, Luke Hawbaker, Felicity Zellner, Cooper Vickrey||JCT|
|1st Place||Dash Delivery||Vedhaanth Praveen, Jake Jensen, Kolton Watson, Neil Siquiera||Cox|
|Design Award||Top Dogs||Anirudh Banda, Emily McCune, Lorelei Locke||Cox|
|GoGo Gadget||Imagical Imaginators||Seth Rannulu, Amanda Cameron Rivera, Madison Ferguson||Peterson|
|Spirit and Sportsmanship||The Weird-But-True Nerds||Draconis Nguyen, Ethane Muanza, Noah Tesfaye||Peterson|
|Spirit and Sportsmanship||The Ghost Peppers||Aleco Garza, Rylee Shuford, Daniella Fernandez, Daniel Bixby||Nance|
|1st Place||Team Messi||Carsten Atkinson, Dallas DeVore, Sunny Foster||Justin|
|GoGo Gadget||TurboBots||Jason McElroy, Sadie Cowan, Garrett Bayle||Schluter|
|Spirit and Sportsmanship||Team Disney||Maeve Applegate, Charlotte Ratra, Camden Coffey||Justin|
|Design Award||The Reese's Racers||Abby Norwood, Genevieve Humphrey||Justin|
|1st Place||Ozobot 4000||Ava Montoya, Pranavi Narayani, Aiyana Patel||Cox|
|Design Award||3 Billy Girls Gruff||Eva Aucoin, Kinleigh Benning, Brianna Rice||Hatfield|
|GoGo Gadget||Soccer Sisters||Pemberley Elliott, Sophia Bush, Margaret Solomon||
|Spirit and Sportsmanship||Little Red||Sahasra Konduri, Jackson Saenz, Lincoln Saenz, Paxton Buck||Cox|
|Spirit and Sportsmanship||TechWorld||Elliott West, Bowen Andrews, Bryan Kennedy||Schluter|
K-2 Wedo 2.0
|1st Place||Boss Balls 2.0||Coleman Sanders, Cole Valenta, Hamza Malik||Lakeview|
|Spirit and Sportsmanship||Rockstars||Marshall McKenzie, Luca Philps, Raelan Lilly||Lakeview|
|Design Award||Bob the Builders||Emory Hicks, Connor Hayes, Micah Velazquez||JCT|
|GoGo Gadget||Robot Masters||Ava Sacramento, Brinlee Darland, Harrison Olszewski||JCT|
3-5 Wedo 2.0
|1st Place||The RoRoRoRobotics||Addison Reed, Gavin Shasha, Kwame Agyeman||Lakeview|
|Design Award||Applesauce Frogs||Andrew Newby, Milo Ericson, Jordynn Rone, Caiden Gordon||Clara Love|