OLA Robotics Team wins 2022 Bayou Regional Competition
Our Lady Academy’s Robotics Team ‘Alpha Omega’ won the 2022 Bayou Regional Robotics Competition for the first time in its five-year existence.
The competition was held from March 31st through April 1st and hosted over 40 high schools from Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida.
The all-girls team, with the guidance of adult mentors, had six weeks to design, build, and program a competitive robot to perform a series of tasks.
The team had to use a variety of skills such as programming, engineering, and automation to bring home the win. Captain Alyssa Fayard said, “It feels really good. Like when I joined the team, I was pretty much the youngest person and I didn’t really know anything, and it’s like the upperclassmen who taught me everything I know, and so now I can do that to all of the new team members so it’s just really fulfilling to be able to do that.”
Once the competition was finished, the girls were declared the winners after winning by just one point.
They will now advance to the first championship at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on April 20th through 23rd where they will compete against a larger pool of teams from all across the world. Team member Maria Schuyler said, “We were a little nervous but we made it through and we were really excited. We were all jumping up and down — really just ecstatic.”
The team is sponsored by several organizations including NASA, Stennis, Mississippi Power, and others.