Cox said the first year Travis competed in the TCEA “Arena” competition they advanced to state, but last year Travis didn't send a team to compete in regionals.
Three months ago the teams initiated their ideas and formed those into functional robots.
“If it won't do what you want, you have to problem solve like an engineer,” Cox said.
“The fire bot had complex programming,” she said, adding that students had 6 minutes to do their presentation in front of judges, without their coach in the room.
“Judges can ask questions,” she said. “It's like selling your bot and using engineering-type problem solving when you design your bot.”
Members of The Arsonist team have a little time now to continue to refine their robot and sales pitch before state competition.