Dripping Springs High’s FIRST Robotics Competition team “The Spring Konstant” traveled to San Antonio on April 5 to take part in the Alamo Regional competition at St. Mary’s University.
Over three days, 51 teams from as far as Beijing, China joined alliances of three teams and pitted their robots against one another in a 1980’s video game-themed competition called “Power Up”.
The game involved moving cubes around the playing field and scoring points by placing them on various platforms. The team advanced to the playoffs as an alliance captain and, despite not ending at the top of the scoreboard, was awarded the prestigious Engineering Inspiration Award which qualifies them to compete in the FRC World Championships in Houston from April 18-21.
The award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community. In addition to qualification to the world championships, it also comes with a grant from NASA to pay a portion of the team’s cost to attend.