Wester Middle School

Wester Team Places in District Robotics Competition

May 07, 2015

Twenty-four teams of Frisco ISD middle school students recently competed against each other in a contest designed to simulate a mission to Mars.

The third annual robotics competition was held Saturday, May 2 at Hunt Middle School.

Seventh and eighth graders built and programmed robots using LEGO Mindstorms to complete a series of tasks that revolved around critical questions for Mars exploration including “Is there life on Mars?” and “Could life ever be sustained on the planet?”

The students’ mission was to analyze the environment and help scientists learn more about the Red Planet in preparation for future human exploration.

During the competition, each team’s robot performed specific tasks on the challenge field, which included a landing zone, base camp, crater, rocky terrain and uncharted territory.

Robots were tasked with planting a flag, collecting rock and ice samples, setting up a communication tower and more.     

The winning teams were:

  • 1st Place: Team 007 of Stafford Middle School
  • 2nd Place: Wester Wildbots ll of Wester Middle School
  • 3rd Place: Fury of Stafford Middle School

Robotics is offered as a middle school elective in Frisco ISD to help students build a strong foundation in science, technology, engineering and math.

The goal of the competition is to inspire creativity, encourage teamwork and facilitate the opportunity for positive interaction between FISD middle school students.