• March 26, 2018

On March 23 and 24, the St. Patrick robotics team Team Tempest attended the Bayou Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Kenner, Louisiana. The members who attended were co-Presidents Tyler Fulmer and Anna Broadus, Jacob Futch, Alfonso Staten, Emily Miller, Lauren Johnson, Matthew Ladner, Connor Sutton, and Morgan Owen.

According to the FIRST website, The Bayou Regional presented by Entergy® is the FRC Competition of Louisiana and Mississippi.  Held in the New Orleans metro area, the Bayou Regional welcomes teams from anywhere in the country and around the world to compete side by side with our Louisiana and Mississippi teams.  Held annually in the Spring, the Bayou Regional is organized and run by area volunteers, under the direction of its FIRST Robotics Regional Director and the FRC Bayou Regional Planning Committee.

Sophomore Emily Miller, who attended Bayou Regional, enjoys attending the various competitions each year. “Despite our challenges, Team Tempest persevered and came together to compete in our regional competition. I could not ask for a better team.”

“The opportunities that are given through participation in FIRST are not just opportunities to build a robot, join a team, and compete in what is most likely the biggest STEM olympiad on the planet,” said Carolyn Arthurs, FRC Regional Director, “these kids are also getting the opportunity to be good at something. They don’t just build robots. They run their teams as a business. They create business plans, fundraising strategies, websites, marketing plans and materials, and logos. They come up with travel and lodging, create and complete task lists, reach deadlines, and communicate with each other on every detail throughout the season.”

Team Tempest had a successful competition and wishes to thank Mrs. Worrel and Mr. Roy Cloud for their continued support and mentorship. To learn more about Bayou Regional and view results, click here.

Story by Richard Springer