Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College Faculty Member Coaches Robotics Team To Victories
Dr. Qiaoying "Joy" Zhou, an associate professor in the Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College (NVC) mathematics and engineering department, has served as a coach for the MAKbots robotics team for several years. Team success grew after Coach Joy joined the group, and the team gained more experience. The team competed at the First Lego League's Alamo Regionals and advanced to the national level twice. They also joined the First Tech Challenge (FTC), a competition designed for students in grades 8-12.
This season, team MAKbots participated in the North San Antonio FTC League. The MAKbots advanced to the regional championships and received four awards.
Dr. Zhou was supported by other NVC faculty and staff in support of the team:
* The NVC Saturday Children's Enrichment Program trained team members who earned certificates at the robotics classes.
* Workforce's Dr. John Grillo helped support a community holiday concert at which MAKbots performed.
* Workforce's Dean Pat Fontenot helped conduct mock interviews for the team as an experienced FTC judge.
* Information and Communication Technology's Director Felix Salinas volunteered as a judge at the League Championship.