Handley Elementary earns national robotics recognition

Five Handley Elementary School fifth-graders are making a name for themselves among robotics competitions. Kevin Barrios Barrera, Jafet Hernandez, Kevin Maldonado, Isaiah Robinson and Byron Robleto recently received the U.S. OPEN VEX lQ STEM Video of the Year award from the CREATE Foundation.

“Your dedication and hard work so clearly evidenced in your video is what this program is all about. It is an honor for us to recognize your team’s accomplishments. We wish each member of your team great success in the future,” said CREATE Foundation President Jim Schulte. 

Less than one year old, Team 3725B, or Panther Robotics, formed at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year. And, the video award is not its only recognition. The team won an Excellence Award, a Judge’s Award and qualified for State and National Championships as well.

Its history-making members have no doubt laid the foundation for future growth in Handley’s robotics program, but they also plan to continue their competition run at the Classical Center at Brandenburg Middle School next year. 

“Ever since I joined the team, I believe in myself more,” said Kevin Barrios Barrera during a surprise announcement via Google Meet.

“I am so incredibly proud of you all,” added Principal Cheryl Alexander. “You are an inspiration to your peers and a shining example of a Handley Panther.”

Congratulations to Team 3725B, as well as coaches Amy Hubschman, Samantha Patten and Christian Torne. View the "Robot Society" STEM research video on YouTube.