Cinco Ranch Junior High Robotics Team Earns Awards

Cinco Ranch Junior High Computerized Coyotes Robotics Team with their mentor, Alex Dial. Team members Kartik Rai, Derek Elis and Sam Daigre earned third place for Strategy and Innovation at the FLL South Texas Region Championship.

After earning second place for the 2017 Robot Design Award at the Katy Qualifier, the Computerized Coyotes from Cinco Ranch Junior High advanced to the South Texas Region Championship, where the team was thrilled to earn the third place trophy for Strategy and Innovation in January 2018.  The first year rookie team has been led by Alex Dial, a tenth grade Cinco Ranch High School (CRHS) student and CRHS Robotics Team 624 CRyptonite member.  Dial was influential in forming the team, which is part of  FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL).

Team members Sam Daigre, Kartik Rai and Derek Elis have been diligently working since August designing and building the team’s LEGO Mindstorm robot and brainstorming to solve the FLL Hydrodynamic Challenge to present to a panel of judges.  The Computerized Coyotes gained entry to the South Texas Regional Championship by qualifying at the Katy event that was hosted by Team 624 CRyptonite in December 2017.

Team 624 CRyptonite has been a great resource for FLL teams by hosting practice events, competitions and offering advice for young teams.  The Computerized Coyotes are also thankful for the generous support they have received from Cinco Ranch Junior High principal, Elizabeth Nicklas, as well as Bechtel Corporation.

Soon the team will begin brainstorming ideas for next season’s FLL Challenge, “Into Orbit.”  Visit for more information about FIRST and how to form your own FLL team. Become a volunteer coach – no experience needed – and make a difference in kids’ lives today!