Our FIRST team has been a part of the school since 2003 and began as a First Lego League team, which ran for 12 years.
The team won several awards at top-level tournaments including the FLL World Championships, FLL US Open, FLL North American Championship, Texas State Championship, and Central Texas Regional Championships. In 2014, St. Gabriel’s joined the FIRST Tech Challenge division (mainly high school teams, grades 7-12).
We have earned recognition in design, coding, and problem solving at various levels including the local Austin Metro League Championships, Texas Cup Championship, Regional Championships, and TAPPS State Championships.
In 2018, the team placed 10th at the World Championships in Houston, TX and 2nd at the coveted Maryland Tech Invitational held at Johns Hopkins University. Last season we won the Innovation Award at the TAPPS State Championship and placed 2nd overall in the tournament. We also earned 2nd in our division at the premier of the Texas Cup at the Alamodome in 2021.
The team is made up of 7th & 8th graders and requires a full year commitment. We work after school and on the weekends preparing for events. The season kicks off in September and the first events usually begin in November and run through February. We have qualified for post-season events every year since the inception of our program.