FIRST® teams and their remarkable robots will march in and set up shop in Exhibit Hall B1. Teams from local high schools will show off their robots and share how local cable company employees are engaging with their teams.
This year’s FIRST Exhibition at Cable-Tec Expo is dedicated to Kendrick Castillo. Rest in Peace Hero.
The Flying Ninjas are entering their 3rd year as a FIRST LEGO League Jr team. The team members are homeschooled students aged 7-10 from St. Tammany Parish. They enjoy working together and always have a great time at their meetings, especially when their blue ninja mascot makes an appearance. They excel at listening to each others’ ideas and compromising. For the past two years, they have represented Louisiana at the FIRST Championship Expo and are ready to get building this season.
The Code Wizards are an all-girls FIRST LEGO League team of homeschoolers aged 9-13 from St. Tammany Parish. They are entering their 3rd year as a team and are excited to welcome a new team member this season. In their rookie year, they earned the Global Innovation nomination for Louisiana for their research project solution and attended the FLL North American Open. These best friends can’t wait to see what this season holds for them!
The Cyber Crocs are a 4th year FIRST LEGO League team from St. Tammany and Washington Parishes. The team members are homeschooled students aged 11-13, and for two of them, it’s their first time being on a FIRST team. They were fortunate to represent Louisiana at the FLL Arkansas Razorback Invitational last year. They are looking forward to another fun season of learning and working together while making a positive impact in their community.
The Bayou Builders, Team #4043, is a community-based FIRST LEGO League team located in Hammond, Louisiana. The team was started by FRC Torbotics #2080 and has enjoyed on-going mentorship from 2080 ever since. The Bayou Builders have been recognized for their commitment to sustain and develop new teams throughout our region, while also connecting with teams from across the world. Averaging over 20 community outreach events annually, the team has impacted the lives of over 54,000 youth and families over the past five years. The Bayou Builders are founding members of the Tangi STEM Coalition and are committed to promoting a variety of opportunities for STEM discoveries for all students in our area. The team’s coaches launched HYPE Robotics of LA during the summer of 2017 to help manage the daily operation of the FTC and FLL Jr teams (twelve in total) Bayou Builders created through a grant from DOW.
Robotics at St. Mary’s Dominican High School began in 2013 with five students on an FLL team. In 2014, Robotics received a grant from Dow Chemical to start an FTC team. Today, there are 35 students in our FTC robotics program. Dominican is the only school in Louisiana with two all-girls FTC robotics team.
Our robotics students collaborate and work as a team in competitions, where they also engage with their peers and professionals in the fields of science, technology, math and engineering. Domini-Science Saturday and Robot Rendezvous are among Dominican’s community programs where our students present robotics demonstrations and share their knowledge and enthusiasm about robotics. Through this information sharing and engagement, our goal is to light the fire of curiosity and inspire girls to aspire to careers in science, technology, math and engineering.
Founded in 2011 on the principles of teamwork, communication, and application of knowledge in the technical world – we provide hands-on experience. We are advocates for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Robotics throughout the State of Louisiana. Team Phenomena participates and host numerous community events all around the state throughout the year to encourage STEM and robotics awareness and growth. Our outreach activities in the community have been and continue to be the impetus for starting FLL/FTC and other robotic teams in the state of Louisiana.
The ongoing mission of Destrehan High School’s Wildcat Robotics is to engage students in and share real-world, relevant learning opportunities that support college and career readiness in STEM. Over the past twelve years, our teams have experienced the FIRST competitive spirit at all levels. We began as a small group with much to learn, and today, we are highly diverse with a unified message of innovation in the modern world. Along the way, we have received awards for creativity, industrial design, engineering inspiration, have been twice recognized as regional champions, and have made several appearances at world championships. We are a featured attraction of the New Orleans Pelican’s Chevron STEM Zone and the New Orleans Saints & Pelicans STEM Fest in the Superdome. Our school further invests in our mission by offering four FIRSTRobotics courses, as well as hosting a plethora of FTC and FLL fast-starts, mentoring, summer camps, and competition events for schools in southeast Louisiana.
Operating on the inspirational pillars of FIRST, we have expanded knowledge of STEM to thousands of elementary school children and community members, and to lobbying state legislators through our service-learning project, STEM-lementary. The impact of mentoring has been immeasurable in the lives of our members, as the FIRST model shows how students will approach and solve challenges in their daily lives. We aspire to reach into our community of youth, engage learners of all ages and levels, build the builders of tomorrow, and inspire the world.