Families and LISD administrators welcomed home their computer science team which won first place this weekend at the 2014 U.S. Zero Robotics Competition at M.I.T.
The seven man team coached by Sam Black, the computer science and robotics teacher at Lubbock High, had to come up with coding that could control a robot already in space and help deflect a meteor headed to Earth.
"Over the past few months we've actually been coding back in our ComSci lab at Lubbock High and we've also been communicating with other teams across the U.S.," Peter Lee, a member of the winning team, said. "We've been brainstorming different strategies, testing and experimenting."
Lubbock High created an alliance with a school in New Jersey and Massachusetts to bring home the title. There were a total of nine teams, all consisting of three team alliances.
"To be able to communicate regularly with and get their ideas across, this was just a magnificent opportunity for them to work on those skills and to be able to explain their ideas to someone," Black said.
I hope they'll look back at this as the first of many accomplishments as they go through college and their career paths."