Da Vinci Robotics Team Wins First Technical Competition Connect Award in Lubbock
On Saturday, February 15th, the Da Vinci FTC robotics team travelled to Lubbock to compete in the regional event, and it was a success. Although the Da Vinci team was not one of the four teams that moved on to San Antonio, they did earn one of the five awards given, called the Connect Award. The students worked very hard and represented us well during the competition and during their “off” times in the hotel, while traveling, etc. I could not be more proud and would like to thank Mr. Muguiro, Ms. Resendez, Ms. Aguirre, Ms. Wittmann and all the staff for their support and contributions to the FTC team.
This judged award is given to the team that most connected with their local community and the engineering community. A true FIRST team is more than a sum of its parts, and recognizes that its schools and communities play an essential part to their success. The recipient of this award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FTC, and the team itself. The team that wins this award is aggressively seeking engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology. In addition, this team has a clear Business or Strategic Plan and has identified steps to achieve their goals.
Guidelines for the Connect Award:
•Team demonstrates respect and Gracious Professionalism to all
•An Engineering Notebook must be submitted and must include a Business or Strategic plan.
•Team provides clear examples of outreach to community
•Team has worked to develop an in-person or a virtual connection with the engineering, science or technology community
•Team has a business or strategic plan that identifies their future goals and the steps they will take to reach those goals. The plan could include fundraising goals, sustainability goals, timelines, outreach and community service goals.
Submitted by Michael Douglas, Team Coach