Silsbee High School Robotics team advances to state

Silsbee High School's GOLD! robotics team | Photo: Silsbee ISD

The Silsbee High School’s robotics team, GOLD!, competed in the Pasadena ISD VEX In the Zone tournament at the Lewis Career and Technical High School and emerged as tournament champions from a field of forty teams on Saturday, Dec. 9, the district announced in a statement.

The win advances the team to the VEX Robotics state championship tournament in February, Silsbee ISD spokesperson Daniel Elizondo said.

This is Silsbee High School’s second year to compete in VEX Robotics, an international competition that yearly culminates in a world championship with representation from over forty countries.

The VEX game changes from year to year, and this year students were tasked with building robots that can quickly build tall stacks of cones and move them around the field, over obstacles, and into scoring zones without tipping them over, Silsbee technology teacher Vic Miller explained.

Silsbee GOLD!’s robot quickly emerged as one of the tournament’s top performers. Going into the finals, GOLD! partnered with The Immortals from Texas City, whose robot was also scoring some of the tallest cones stacks of the day. The alliance was able to post the highest scores of the tournament and best all other competitors down the stretch.

GOLD! is led by team captains John Eason and Jaiden Johnson, and coached by Miller, who is currently in his 20th year of coaching competitive engineering teams.  Other team members include Leila Windham, Nick Allen, Josh Flowers, Kyler Macon, and Deacon Swope.

- Silsbee ISD