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MISD Robotics Teams Post Strong First-Year Showings at December 1 UTA Tournament

Five MISD campuses took teams to the First Lego League (FLL) Qualifier Robotics Tournament at the University of Texas at Arlington on December 1.

  • Louise Cabaniss
  • MJ Sheppard
  • Imogene Gideon
  • Mary Orr
  • Roberta Tipps

This was the first FLL competition in which these schools have participated.

Out of a field of 33 teams, the Cabaniss Cowboys from Louise Cabaniss Elementary placed 19th, and the Cyber Tigers of Mary Orr Intermediate placed 20th.


Cabaniss Cowboys Alicia J., Precious D., Cameron N., Triston M., Ricky R., Skyler J.,  and Kevin N. pose with their robot at the UTA Qualifier Tournament on December 1, 2012.

“This was a very competitive tournament that included experienced participants ranging in age up to eighth grade. It was a great learning experience. We saw great teamwork, too!” said Doug Brubaker, Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Information Services.

Other upcoming tournaments are listed below. We wish our MISD students and teachers the best of luck!

Harmony School of Innovation (FW) – December 8th

  • Asa Low
  • Kenneth Davis
  • Willie Brown
  • Anna May Daulton

OD Wyatt High School (FW) – December 8th

  • Glenn Harmon


Quick facts about the district-wide robotics initiative:

  • Aligned with Part One of MISD Strategic Plan: Innovative and Inspiring Teaching Methods
  • Established in 2011-12 with a pilot program at Willie Brown Elementary
  • $50,000 in grant funds (LEGO Smart Schools and MISD Education Foundation) were secured to launch this initiative; MISD Technology Development committed another $40,000 in required matching funds
  • 264 WeDo kits and resource packs and 96 Mindstorms NXT kits and resource packs were purchased with the funds.
  • All 22 elementary campuses are implementing WeDo robotics into Technology Applications classes
  • 18 campuses (elementary through high school) have launched after-school robotics programs using Mindstorms NXT robots this year

Want to learn more about the robotics initiative? Read the blog posts published on MISD TechNotes!

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