Luminant Engineers Energize Dallas ISD “Robocats” Team

Building a robot teaches engineering concepts, problem solving and teamwork


The Woodrow Wilson High School Robocats proudly display their 100-pound robot, which they recently entered into the FIRST Dallas Regional competition with the help of Luminant engineers.

The Woodrow Wilson High School Robocats proudly display their 100-pound robot, which they recently entered into the FIRST Dallas Regional competition with the help of Luminant engineers.

Building upon Luminant’s longstanding tradition of supporting educational programs, Luminant engineers Tony Rylander and Brittany Bockstanz recently helped reboot the Robocats, Woodrow Wilson High School’s robotics team, to the next level.

“Before joining Luminant, I mentored a high school robotics teams in Kansas City for 10 years and I’m excited to be a part of Dallas ISD’s growing robotics programs,” said Tony Rylander, Luminant principal engineer. “Along with engineering concepts, problem solving and teamwork are key factors in building a robot. The best part is when the students operate their robot for the first time and everyone celebrates.”

With the help of a $1,000 Luminant sponsorship donation, the Robocats recently competed in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Dallas Regional competition. Nearly 50 participating teams were tasked with designing and constructing a robot within six weeks that could successfully stack boxes and trashcans. In total, more than 1,200 man-hours were invested by Woodrow Wilson students, faculty and mentors to build their 100-pound robot.

Although the Robocats didn’t place in the Dallas Regional competition, they’ll gear up again later this fall to build another robot for the upcoming Texas BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Regional Robotics Championship.

Watch the Robocat robot in action:

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