Overview of Programs

About our programs

Our initial, primary focus is the support of competition robotics programs in the Eanes Independent School District (Austin, TX). This progression of programs encourages ongoing skill development and involvement in science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing (STEM) disciplines. Participating students meet new, more complex challenges at each level. Moreover, they gain not only technical skills, but many of the soft skills employers often state as missing from new hires; e.g., collaboration, listening, time and project management, public speaking and presentation, problem solving.

TransBirdy_Without_TitleBar_cs3FIRST Robotics

WESTA sponsors seven different FIRST Robotics competition teams for grades 6-12 (ages 12-18). Participation is open to any student at Westlake High School, which also offers a three-year robotics curriculum.

  • FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams
    • FIRST Team 2468, Team Appreciate (chaprobotics.com)
      See the team’s website for more information and list of their many awards.
  • FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams
    • FIRST Team 3781, Pi-Rho Maniacs
    • FIRST Team 5628, The Tau Manifesto
    • FIRST Team 6504, Torque Omega
    • FIRST Team 6710, Summation (a/k/a The Sigma)
  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams
    • FIRST Team 11831, The Hill Country Hedgehogs
    • FIRST Tam 18053, The Dynamic Duo2

 

Middle-School Robotics Teams

Our middle school BEST Robotics teams participated in 2012 and 2013 BEST Robotics competition. Both teams were mentored by members of our high school FRC team. These teams were amazingly successful. Thanks to the success of the rookie season for these two teams, both Eanes ISD middle schools now also offer a robotics class, in addition to the extra-curricular robotics teams.