It does not matter how you get there as long as you get there, and Collegiate High School is the only FRC team in the Coastal Bend competing against the best in the world.
Housed at the Del Mar College campus, the Collegiate High School Robotics Team will compete at the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships with teams sponsored by Google, NASA and BP Energy, to name a few, showing once again that they have the right stuff.
“In the 10 years that we have done it, it has never happened. In the 3 years I have been here, it has never happened. It is a crazy experience, and we are so excited to go,” said junior Isabella Gutierrez.
“It feels amazing. The second we got the call from one of the ladies, at first, we all just erupeted with excitement. I felt bad for all the other classes in the building,” said sophomore Jorge Valdez
Now more than 400 of the best teams will descend upon Houston, Texas for the finals.
“Definitely the best of the best. International teams, Dominican Republic, China, Israel, Turkey, and even Silicon Valley teams. We are going against some really great teams, and we hope to have a brand new experience we've never had before,” said Gutierrez.
As they head to the international competition, many team members are experiencing a mixture of shock, excitement and nerves.
“We just want to get there and really experience this entire new frontier that we have never seen before. It is going to be a crazy experience that we are not used to, and we are going to have to get used to it because next year, we are going to be there again,” said Valdez.
Collegiate High School Robotics Program Coordinator Sandy Riggs has been pushing her students since day one, and all their hard work has finally paid off.
"Getting a program to robot that is functioning and fulfilling all the tasks that they are doing on the competition field, they are already winners. You can't get that experience in a classroom. These kids have worked so hard. It’s blood, sweat, and tears to get where they are today. Going to world is everything to these kids. We never thought we could do the impossible. We always shot for it because they say always shoot for the stars,” said Program Coordinator Sandy Riggs.
The event will run from April 19th through the 22nd .
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