Cinco Ranch Junior High Robotics Teams Earn Awards

Cinco Ranch Junior High Coyote Coders Robotics Team members Aarin Nadkarni, Andrew Bencivengo, Suheet Sardeshpande and Joy Rogers. The team was mentored by Enaya Baig.

It is the robotics season, and Cinco Ranch Junior High has had an exceptional showing. Cinco Ranch Junior High sent two school sponsored teams to the regional competition. Both Cinco Ranch Junior High teams are part of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO League (FLL).

In their debut year, the Coyote Coders made a fine showing at the Katy FLL Qualifier tournament held on Saturday, December 1st, 2018, at their home campus. Team members Andrew Bencivengo, Aarin Nadkarni, Joy Rogers and Suheet Sardeshpande were mentored by Enaya Baig, a tenth grade student at Cinco Ranch High School and a member of the high school’s robotics team – Team 624 CRyptonite. Baig’s strong leadership and FLL expertise inspired creativity and ingenuity in the young team. As a result, the Coyote Coders were proud to earn the Inspiration Award.

The Computerized Coyotes, only two-years-old, also represented Cinco Ranch Junior High at the Katy Qualifier. Team members Sam Daigre, Asher Lin and Eli Nicksic were overjoyed to earn the Strategy and Innovation Award, as well as a coveted Advancement Ticket, to compete in the East Texas Area Championship. For the past two years, the team has been led by Alex Dial, an eleventh grade Cinco Ranch High School student and team 624 CRyptonite member. Dial was awarded the FLL Champion Award at the tournament for his outstanding student involvement and contributions to the FLL program.

Team 624 CRyptonite earned national recognition in FIRST Robotics Competitions. The highly successful team has been a tremendous resource for FLL teams by hosting practice events, competitions and offering advice for young teams. The high school team hosted the FLL Katy Qualifier Tournament for eight years. The robotics teams are thankful for their CRyptonite mentors, as well as the generous support they have received from Bechtel Corporation. Thanks also to Cinco Ranch Junior High principal Elizabeth Nicklas for the school’s support.

Over 25 FLL teams competed at the 2018 Katy Qualifier. Each FLL team designed, built and programmed its EV3 robot to autonomously navigate the playing field, accomplish missions and earn points during the 2.5 minute match. Additionally, each team presented to a panel of judges their solution to a real world problem related to the outer space theme. Many hours were poured into research and preparation for the presentation. At the Qualifier, students also presented their robot’s features, as well as participated in an Instant Challenge.

FLL teams are managed and coached by volunteer parents who host meetings in their homes. For more information, visit