Robotics teams from nine area high schools converged at St. Mary’s Dominican High School recently for a Louisiana FIRST Tech Challenge League event.

FIRST Tech Challenges allow students in grades seven though 12 to compete head to head using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building and programming robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams in a game called Res-Q.

The top teams were Northshore High School’s Team Pyrogen, first; Jesuit High School’s Blue Jays, second; and Mandeville High School’s S.S. Epimetheus, third.

Other competitors were Dominican Robotics; the Tech Titans, of Brother Martin High School; The Power-Struck Girls, of Academy of Our Lady; Hellion, of Salmen High School; Dark Matter, of Mandeville Junior High School; and Patrick F. Taylor Academy High School Robotics.

“The students had a great time, and I know learned a lot by having our competition so early in the season,” said Dominican robotics coach and science teacher Crissy Giacona. “This will allow them to make adjustments to their robot and be more competitive at the next competition. I look forward to seeing how their robots evolve.”

“This was the first of many FTC league matches for the state of Louisiana. I think this robotics competition offers a fun challenge for our students, and I’m excited to be a part of its growth in our state,” said Kyle White, a physics teacher at Jesuit High School who is coach and moderator of its robotics team.