EDINBURG – Two Edinburg CISD robotics teams recently garnered a couple of the top championship titles at the UTRGV Robotics Day Competition held in Brownsville, where they built Lego robots to compete in a series of challenges.

South Middle School’s Team Two received first place overall and South Middle School’s Team One received third place overall in the competition. Members of South Middle School’s Team Two were also the winners of the Lego Tracer Challenge.

“I’m very proud of my students. They worked hard and they deserved the wins,” South Middle School Robotics Teacher Timothy Do said. “They put in a lot of time, dedication and a lot of commitments.”

The competition was part of the university’s HESTEC Robotics Day contest, where approximately 60 middle school and high school teams from across the region participated.

“It feels amazing,” said Emiliano Martinez, a member of the South Middle School Team Two. “It’s first place and who wouldn’t feel amazed about first place out of 60 teams.”

During the event, the students participated in several different competitions, including a speed race, a search and rescue challenge, a tracer and a maze contest.

Mr. Do said that these types of competitions help the students to learn more about the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs offered at Edinburg CISD.

“They learn a lot about computer programming, building, designing and working as a team,” he said.

In January, the robotics teams will be competing at the TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) Robotics Contest for the state championships.