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BCHS Robotics team wins Innovation Award at State


BCHS Robotics photo at State

BCHS Robotics wins Innovation Award at State Championship


The Bay City High School Robotics Team competed at the FIRST Tech Challenge/UIL State Robotics Championship April 5th in Austin for the second consecutive year, winning the Robot Innovation Award. The team finished fifth overall in primary competition in the 1A-4A category.

The BCHS robotics program started in 2017 and advanced to State last year, but finished sixth overall at that time.

Head coach is Michael Ashleman, and assistant coach is Brian Zuniga.





BCHS Robotics teams make finals at Region; qualifies for STATE


The Bay City High School Robotics teams competed at the Southeast Texas First Tech Challenge Regional Robotics Championship at San Jacinto College on February 23rd. BCHS sent two teams – the Decepticats and Avenge-a-cats -- both of whom ended up competing in the final four round of the competition.

The Avenge-a-cats qualified for the final four as the fourth seed, while the Decepticats were invited by the first-seed team to partner with them in the final-four round.

The BCHS team has qualified for the State contest. This is the second year that BCHS has fielded robotics teams. The State contest is the FIRST Tech Challenge / UIL Robotics State Championship 1A-4A Event on Friday, April 5th, 2019 at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, Texas 78704. 

Team head coach Michael Ashleman said that the teams have both worked hard and overcome some adversity regarding equipment failures. “These team members really did put the robots together themselves. They did a good job problem-solving on their own, which is all part of the process.” Brian Zuniga is the team’s assistant coach.

BCHS Robotics Team members are the Decepticats: Alexandra C, Pablo F, James G, Vaughn G, Matthew H, Zachary H, Hannah J, Justina L, Hunter P, Joslynn S, and Tommy V. Avenge-a-cats members are: Angel B, Robert B, Jessica F, Michael M, Brittany M, Orlando M, Ricky P, Jordan P, Carlos R, Pedro V Jr, Jonathon Z and Alberto R.

Along with funding from Bay City ISD, the team has had many sponsors support them this year with funding and/or other support,  including: TenarisBayCity, Cory Bradshaw, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, STP, Magda Mirelez, Dough Anderson, Dr. Dianne Farrar, Andrea Brown, John Driver, and Bay City Public Library.