A group of students from Lubbock ISD have advanced to the national competition of a robotics tournament.

The Llano Estacado RoboRaiders have won five prestigious awards at the Dallas East Regional FIRST robotics competition on March 31st.

The team won the Regional Chairman’s Award, The Engineering Excellence Award and the Industrial Safety Award. The RoboRaiders team was the most decorated of the 43 participants.

The team will advance to the 2012 FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri on April 26th through the 28th, where they will compete against teams from the United States, Canada, and Israel.

FIRST is an acronym meaning “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”

Team participants include Kristen Unrein from Coronado High School, Adriana Aguilar, Robert Abbe, Jarrod Boyd, Kenyan Burnham, Miranda Duncan, Patrick Goode, David Kelly, Elizabeth Moreno, and Chin-Lin Yu from Lubbock High School. Estacado High School participants include Ariana Anthony, Caitlin Puga, Osiel Valles, Jessalyn Vega, and Tiffany Vega.