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Two Fort Bend ISD Robotics Teams to Compete in International Competition

(FORT BEND ISD) – Two Fort Bend ISD robotics teams representing Austin High School and Fort Settlement Middle School will compete at the international level after advancing in the Underwater Vehicle STEM Robotics Regional Competition recently held at the Fort Bend ISD Aquatic Practice Facility.

Members of Austin High School’s NJROTC Unit Ariana Castanon, Reva Jogdand and Dahryl Williams, received first place overall in the competition. In addition to advancing to the international competition, Castanon and Williams each received a $13,000 scholarship and will attend the United States Naval Academy Summer STEM Seminar this summer.

A team representing Fort Settlement Middle School placed third in the overall competition. And a team from Palmer Elementary team, The Smarties, will serve as an alternate if one of the teams who advanced is unable to participate.

Each team built an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle and competed in five categories: • Underwater obstacle course • Underwater ring recovery course • Professional interview • Engineering notebook • Poster board design

45 other teams from the district and the greater Houston area participated in the event. Teams representing the following FBISD schools participated. • Austin High School • Baines Middle School • Colony Bend Elementary • Dulles Middle School • First Colony Middle School • Fort Settlement Middle School • Garcia Middle School • Lake Olympia Middle School • McAuliffe Middle School • Oakland Elementary • Palmer Elementary • Ridge Point High School

The international competition will take place at the University of Maryland in May. More information about the event can be found at


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