New Deal High School team captures second SPC robotics competition
REESE CENTER – Chainsaw Massacres, a robot from New Deal High School, claimed the coveted Tin Man trophy following the robotics competition held recently in Building Six on the South Plains College Reese Center campus. This marks the second year in a row that a team from New Deal has won the contest.
The Tin Man Competition featured four preliminary rounds, one redemption round before the final battle. The Chainsaw Massacres team was comprised of Fabian Marez and Antonio Villalobos. Rocky Upchurch coached the team.
The competition featured teams from SPC Levelland, SPC Reese Center and SPC Plainview Center as well as teams from Littlefield High School, Post High School, Lazbuddie High School, New Home and New Deal Independent School Districts.
The teams representing SPC Levelland were Ricks, comprised of Alberto Alvidrez, Alan E. Saenz and Regino J. Sanchez. Team DX featured Matthew S. Delarosa, Luis Gomez, Alexis Gonzalez and Juan C. Lozoya.
SPC Plainview Center entered one team, the Terminator. It was comprised of Julion Flores, Iven Ramirez and Israel Vascez.
The teams representing the SPC Reese Center campus were Rosie's Angels, comprised of Fabian Arzate, Sr., John E. McWilliams, Kevin O. Saenz and Payton C. Smith. Team Tear Bears was comprised of Kyle J. Clymo, Shawna L. Deering, Daniel A. Garcia, Joseph N. Jacquez and Gilberto Moreno Vega. Team Squirtle members were James A. Titus, Aaron E. Villarreal, Jeremy A. Gonzales and Kevin L. Hinds.
The contests judges were SPC alumni Ying Huang, Leslie Bullard and Wheeler Osborn.
The IMET Program includes the Robotics course as part of the electronics curriculum. Among the concepts introduced range from what is a robot through the construction of a home-made Computer Numerical Control machine. A CNC Machine is a machine that uses a computer to control its motions and associated with milling and cutting machines. Industrial robotics is emphasized throughout the curriculum.
For more information, contact Bill Tackett, instructor in Industrial Manufacturing/Emerging Technology, at (806) 716-2297.
Team Chainsaw Massacres from New Deal High School was crowned champions in the Tin Man XX Robotics Competition. The event was held in Building Six on the South Plains College Reese Center campus. Shown are, from left, Fabian Marez, Rocky Upchurch, New Deal coach; Rob Blair, dean of Technical Education at SPC and Antonio Villalobos. (SPC Photo/Wes Underwood)