Updated for April 2019
Houston, Texas is a large city with over 2.2 million residents with unique cuisine, art, and sports entertainment. The city has mild temperatures year round and offers a variety of outdoor activities despite being such a large city. More about Houston…
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics competitions combine science with the excitement of team sport. Teams of 10 students or more design, build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.
Most robotics competitions follow a similar basic pattern. Doors to the venue usually open around 7 am and teams use the morning time to prepare the robot and use the practice field prior to matches. Competitions are very exciting but also very busy and students are expected to be on time for scheduled shifts and to support the team. For more information on this event:
- Check out the official competition web page.
- Check out the Event A-Z Guide to get specific information on parking, concessions, programs, safety, and more.
- Get the official Houston Championship Competition app to stay on top of all of the latest competition news and information.
- Carefully review rules and fill out and sign the necessary release forms.
Getting to Houston requires students, mentors, and chaperones to take a 4.5-hour flight. Arrangements are made by the robotics club in late summer and an estimate of costs will be available prior to the first parent meeting. The club will also make arrangements with a local transport company to get from the airport to the hotel. A fee for that service will be included in the hotel invoice. Please see the Parents, Mentors, and F.A.Q. page for an estimate of normal competition related costs.
The Hilton Americas- Houston – The estimated total hotel expense for 2019 is $450 per student for the entire stay, which includes meals that students need to pay for, transportation from airport to hotel and Space Center Houston. For those flying on Southwest Airlines, the price will be about $30 less.
The booster club provides lunches at all competitions and many hotels provide a hot breakfast each morning. Persons wishing to explore the local cuisine might consider these recommendations:
- Barbeque Inn
- The Breakfast Klub – A waffles and wings Restaurant
- District 7 Grill – American Cuisine
- Fadi’s – Mediterranean Cuisine
- Frank’s Pizza
- Goode Company Seafood
- Mia’s Table – American Cuisine
For site seeing opportunities beyond the competition, attendees might consider these tourism opportunities:
- Art Car Museum – A museum dedicated to art created using automobiles as the canvas
- Buffalo Bayou – A large urban park
- The Galleria – A large shopping center
- Giant Beatles Statues – Large statues of the members of the famous rock band
- Houston Aquarium
- Houston From Below – An underground tunnel tour
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Houston Zoo
- Old MacDonald’s Farm – 15 acres of a former working farm now used for children’s entertainment
- Space Center Houston – The official visitor center for the NASA Johnson Space Center
- Water Wall – A larger architectural fountain that can move 11,000 gallons of water per minute
FIRST competition image and Information – www.firstchampionship.org/houston-home
Hotel Image – www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/houmq-marriott-marquis-houston/
Houston City Information – www.visithoustontexas.com/travel-planning/maps-and-transportation/getting-around-houston/
Houston Image – www.visithoustontexas.com/travel-planning/maps-and-transportation/getting-around-houston/
Restaurant image – www.zomato.com/houston/the-breakfast-klub-midtown
Tourism image – www.houstonpress.com/event/space-center-houston-spring-break-days-of-innovation-10217705
Transport image – www.blurb.com/b/622926-planes-trains-automobiles