Last week, two Sam Houston MSTC students competed in the SkillsUSA Humanoid Robotics contest, taking place at its National Skills and Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Seniors Xochitl Garcia and Rodolfo Zaragoza represented the State of Texas in this competition after winning the championships at the SkillsUSA Texas Skills and Leadership Conference in Corpus Christi. Their faculty advisors are Dehua Lea and Bruce Darkis.
The NAO HRI Challenge is an activity organized in collaboration with the National SkillsUSA Competition, with the support of SoftBank Robotics. The goal is to motivate and educate students in the use of humanoid robotics through multi-technological and innovative projects. Through programming, students work to optimize the NAO robot’s capabilities, taking into account its limitations, while learning about applied user experience and interaction concepts.
Xochitl Garcia will be attending the University of North Texas, where she will major in biochemistry. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school.
Rodolfo Zaragoza will be attending Houston Community College, and intends to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering.
Sam Houston MSTC offers a STEM Engineering pathway, in which students take a series of courses ranging from career fundamentals in engineering, to robotics. Students in this program build, test and program robots using the engineering and design process. In addition, Sam Houston MSTC sponsors the Tiger “Roar-Botics” club, open to all students. The Tiger “Roar-Botics” club competes in a variety of coding and robotics competitions throughout the school year.
Sam Houston MSTC welcomes students with all levels of experience to take part in these exceptional opportunities. For more information, contact Mr. Dehua Lea firstname.lastname@example.org or Mr. Bruce Darkis email@example.com.