Team 8668 makes it to the national robotics stage! 

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition for Science and Technology) Championship was held in Houston at the George R. Brown Convention Center this year, giving hundreds of robotics teams from across the world a chance to put their robots to the ultimate test.

Team 8668, comprised of three dual credit students from San Jacinto College, were among the top 2 percent teams selected to compete and one of 128 teams in their FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) division. Joshua Phillips, Nick Belbas and Samuel Charbula helped their team to become a finalist for the Think Award and ultimately ranked runner-up for the highest possible award given in FTC – the INSPIRE award. The INSPIRE award is the most coveted and prestigious award given to any FTC team at the competition and award to a team that embodies the challenge of the FTC program.

San Jacinto College has been involved with the International US-FTC program since 2010, serving as an Affiliate Partner for the FTC program since 2011. The southeast Texas region has grown to working with more than 100 teams from high school, middle school and home school programs.

Pictured from left to right: Gavin Engelbert, Mark Coggins, Joshua Phillips, Nick Belbas, Joel Flew and Luke Bernal. Not pictured: Samuel Charbula, Zach Hash, Andrew Lee and Matthew Pownall.