Socorro ISD students participate in out-of-this-world robotics competition


Several talented Socorro ISD students worked together to participate in an out-of-this-world robotics competition on Saturday.

“We work with students trying for what we call gracious professionalism,” Advanced Academics Coordinator Stephanie Carrasco told KTSM. “We want them to work well together, develop teamwork together, and understand that it’s not only about the competition, but the learning that is happening.” 

Dozens of elementary and high school students gathered at Pebble Hills High School for the annual Robocom 5.0.

This year’s theme: “Into Orbit”.

“There’s not a lot of exposure to some of the kids with these kinds of things, so we want to push all people to the next level,” Mary Jo Chacon, a robotics coach, said.

During the event, the young competitors created robots that would aid in long-term survival in space.

“…Astronauts can sometimes run out of food in space, so we were wondering if there can be a 3D printer that makes food,” 6th grade John Drugan student Nicholas Saldana said.

25 teams advanced to the regional round happening at UTEP on January 26. The winning team will then earn a ticket to the international festival in Houston.

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