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FISD Middle School Students Compete in Robotics Challenge

May 18, 2017

ms_robotics_contestThe Frisco ISD Game of Droids Robotics competition was a complete success, and three teams went home with trophies and medals. All 16 of the Frisco ISD middle schools competed with a total of 29 teams and approximately 115 students. Mimi McGhee of the Frisco ISD Technology Department was very complimentary of the hard work put in by both students and judges.

“We are always excited to see who takes 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, however we know that our annual Robotics competition is so much more than that,” McGhee said. “The STEM learning opportunities that the challenge provides include planning, strategizing, building, programming, testing and re-testing again. The lessons students learn about sportsmanship, real world skills-collaboration, communication and compromise are invaluable.”

McGhee works with Kim Hampton, Digital Learning Coach at Lebanon Trail High School, to coordinate the event. This year’s competition was held in Hunt Middle School gym.

Winners this year were the Trent MS Golden Knights, 1st place; Scoggins MS Lego Master Builders, 2nd place; and Vandeventer MS Cyber Knights, 3rd place.

“We could not pull this event off each year without the help from our District volunteers and our community partners,” said McGhee. “I do want to give a special thanks to others that are behind the scenes but greatly contributed to the success of this event.”

Hosting a robotics competition takes the cooperation of many people such as Lego Education and representatives Betty Justus (Key Account Manager), who generously donates gift certificates every year for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and Stephen Shumaker, Lego Account Manager, who is on hand for the presentation.

Volunteers Corey and Kim Schonfeld built a new competition board. Matt McGhee volunteered as photographer. CTE teachers Diana Bacon and Angel Boyles asked their students to create new logos. CTE teacher Eva Coleman assigns students to video the event and to create a promo video every year.

McGhee also commented on the commitment to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education that Melissa Fouche, Executive Director of Technology & Media Services, and Cheryl McDonald, Director of Digital Learning, continue to support and promote throughout the District.

Visit https://goo.gl/uY5Wwg for photos from the event.

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