At the Lone Star South Regional this weekend, FIRST Robotics Team 5414, Pearadox, won the Chairman’s Award- the highest honor any FIRST team can receive- recognizing the team’s outstanding success in growing science, technology, engineering, and math awareness in their community and “best representing a model for other teams to emulate.” The team was applauded for their work expanding robotics programs in Pearland ISD, working with organizations such as the Houston Rockets to bring engineering to economically disadvantaged students, and connecting girls to female engineers at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The most prestigious award in FIRST recognizes Pearadox’s work over the past four years to, in the words of the judges, “grow the leaders of tomorrow.” This award automatically qualifies teams for the World Championship, making Pearadox-a team representing all Pearland ISD high schools- double qualified for this elite event\. Four-year senior, Daniel Farner from Dawson High School, was honored to receive such a coveted award that “represents years of hard work and is the highlight of [his] robotics experience”
Pearadox also experienced great success on the field, coming out of the qualification rounds ranked seventh. Throughout the competition they ranked third and fourth in points scored during the human controlled portion of the game and the autonomous portion, respectively. Other teams took note and they were the fourth team picked in the competitive alliance selection process. After advancing to the semi-finals, Pearadox is excited to compete against the best teams in the world at the upcoming World Championship.
This weekend’s event, where Pearadox came home with the highest honor out of thirty teams, is the end of a successful season for this young team. This season, Pearadox has been recognized as a Regional Finalist, earned the Entrepreneurship and Gracious Professionalism awards, and had their own Anyssa Castorina, a Pearland High School junior, be recognized as a Dean’s List Finalist. This marks the first season that Pearadox will be represented off the field with a Chairman’s submission and a Dean’s List nominee as well as on the field with a world-class robot. The team will wrap up their award-winning season at the World Championships in Houston, Texas at the George R. Brown Convention Center from April 18-21, 2018. For more information about this free event, visit www.firstchampionship.org/houston-home