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  • Blarglefish is FIRST Robotics Team 1255, of Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District in Baytown, Texas. High school students within the school district may be members of the Blarglefish team. Students represent Peter E. Hyland Center, IMPACT Early College HS, Robert E. Lee HS, Goose Creek Memorial HS, Ross S. Sterling HS and Stuart Career Tech HS. The team is housed at the District Robotics Center at 401 YMCA Drive, Baytown, TX 77521.
  • We design and build a really cool robot and compete against other robots in a game that’s different each year! But it’s more than just building a robot – our team operates like a small business and feels like a family. We have different “sub-team” groups that handle everything from marketing to mechanical design and electrical work. Even if you have no idea how to hold a wrench, there’s something for you here, and we’ll teach you how!

  • Because it’s FUN! FIRST is all about having fun while learning, and so are we! Along the way, you can learn technical skills from mechanical and electrical work and computer programming, but you’ll also learn about teamwork, leadership, respect, and integrity.

  • FIRST Team 1255 works with engineering and business mentors. During the fall, we have “sub-teams” that learn about specific things we’ll need when it comes to building the robot and running the team. In early January we learn what this year’s game will be, and from then through mid- February we design and build our robot! During March and April, we travel to competitions and have a great time meeting other teams, checking out all the different robots that have been built, and of course cheering for our robot. Once the competition season is done, we do fun events and plan for the next year.

  • Participate - your participation (see Achievements on page) determines your travel costs to travel to the competitions, where the big excitement is! But don’t worry if your schedule doesn’t allow a huge time commitment. You can be on the team to whatever degree your schedule allows – the only difference is that you may need to contribute to the travel costs if you go to the competitions. (As with any school team, you’ll need to keep your grades up and behave appropriately.) 

  • During build season, we meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 5pm-9pm and Saturdays from 9am-5pm at GCCISD’s Robotics Center. Additional meet times will be sent out via email and Slack (messaging app). We do NOT meet during winter break or when school is closed (i.e., due to weather). Meetings are open to students, parents, and other interested, potential members.

  • Besides building a really cool robot, you mean? How about hands-on learning from people who do real-life engineering and business management every day? Or great experiences with a team of fun students? Or lots of college scholarship opportunities? Over $80 million of scholarship money is available to students who participate in FIRST robotics during high school! It looks great on your college application, too – and your mentors can write recommendation letters and be job references for you!