The Lytle Junior High Techno Pirates improved on their last performance with a third place win at the McCollum High School robotics meet Saturday.
The Techno Pirates won four of five matches and racked up a total of 126 points. They battled control system connection issues and programming glitches that at one point caused the team robot's claw to stop working and the robot's motors to die in the middle of a match. The team kept its cool, though and driver Isabella Lopez and lead programmer Miguel Lopez kept the robot running and scoring. The team's next meet will be January 20, 2018.
Lytle Junior High Robotics Coach
The Lytle Junior High TechnoPirates participated in the first meet of its robotics competition season Saturday. The team traveled to McCollum High School to the South San Antonio Metro League Meet where it competed with 15 other high schools and middle schools from around San Antonio. The TechnoPirates suffered from several technical problems that caused the robot to lose power and cost them two matches. A penalty called on their robot cost them their third match and a loose gear brought them down in another.
The highlight of the competition, however, came when TechnoPirates robot driver Faustino Ruiz grabbed a high-scoring element and rushed across the field with it in the robot's claw and threw it out of the game field to score 40 points - the only team of 35 that competed all day to accomplish the feat. Many in the crowd watching the match jumped to their feet and cheered the Lytle team for finally showing it could be done.
At the end of the meet, the disappointing losses left the TechnoPirates in 11th place of 15 teams. The meet is only the first of five, however, and the team will have time to make up the difference before the final championship meet Jan. 27.
Lytle Junior High Robotics Coach
Lytle 6, Poteet 20
The 8th grade Pirate football team traveled to Poteet last night in hopes of capturing a District Championship. Unfortunately, we came up short. We are very proud of this football team. They were fun to coach, eager to learn and full of potential. The 8th grade team finished the season with a 4 – 4 record, a 3 – 2 record in district play.
The Pirates committed 4 turnovers throughout the game and started from behind as the Aggies took a 12 – 0 lead going into halftime. Nice runs by Bubba Solis and Cort Haltom and 2 catches by Zak Placido were the highlights of the 1st half 12 play drive that stalled out at the Aggie 15 yard line.
The Aggies tacked on another score mid-way thru the 3rd quarter. Lytle answered back with a 70 yard touchdown drive set up by nice runs by Bubba Solis, Cort Haltom and a nice catch-n-run by Daniel Aguirre. Solis scored on a quarterback sneak.
Defensively, the Pirates were led by Drew Williams, Elias Hernandez and Justin DeLeon. Carlos Flores-Garza, Matthew Eldredge and Zak Placido also had several nice tackles.
The size and strength of the Aggies was just too much to overcome but your 8th grade Pirates never stopped fighting. With 2:00 left in the game, the Pirate defense mounted a wonderful goal line stance that kept Poteet from putting the game out of reach.
Thanks to all the fans that came out and watched this group play throughout the year. They have a bright future!
Game 1: Lytle 6, Mathis 0 Game 2: Fredericksburg 22, Lytle 0 Game 3: Wimberley 34, Lytle 20 Game 4: Devine 8, Lytle 0 Game 5: Lytle 30, Pearsall 20 Game 6: Lytle 14, Carrizo Springs 0 Game 7: Lytle 27, Crystal City 7 Game 8: Poteet 20, Lytle 6
Congratulations to Daniel Mercado for winning a Fire 7 donated by MyOn. MyOn is an online reading program and he was selected for the number of hours spent reading on his own, reading growth, and number of books read.
OCTOBER 11, 2017
29-4A DISTRICT XC MEET
(Carrizo Springs, Crystal City, Devine, Lytle, Pearsall)
Lytle Junior High students! Remember to wear a black Lytle shirt to support our Cross Country runners tomorrow at the District meet.
Last night, the 7th grade Lady Pirates traveled to Crystal City which turned out to be an adventure on its own. The girls played hard and brought back the "W" for both A & B team.
Thank you to all who traveled to Crystal City and weathered the storm. Your support is greatly appreciated.
B-team Gm1 Gm2
Lytle 25 17
Crystal City 8 16
Lytle 25 25
Crystal City 23 16
7th Grade: Mathis 22, Lytle 8
8th Grade: Lytle 6, Mathis 0
Lytle JH Football began its season last night against the Mathis Pirates.
Our 7th grade began with a 10 play scrimmage before their actual game. Highlights included a couple of nice runs by Hudson Mask, Joseph Araujo and Connor Martin. The 7th grade game was full of exciting plays. Lytle fell behind early 14 – 0 but answered back in the 2nd half with a nice TD run by Collin Aldridge. Devon Caldera bulled his way into the endzone to add the 2 pt. conversion. Mathis added 1 more score to take the contest 22 – 8. Highlights included great effort from Preston Edge, our center, Eli Vega – 3 tackles for loss, and Brandon Frias – interception and touchdown saving tackle.
Our 8th grade game started off with a bang as the Pirates marched down the field and scored on the opening drive with a nice 18 yard pass from Alberto “Bubba” Solis to Daniel Aguirre. The drive would have stalled 2 plays earlier if not for a nice catch from Kasen Boyd from Solis. The rest of the game was a defensive battle. Our defense is lead by Drew Williams, our middle linebacker. Drew had an outstanding game leading the team in tackles. Cort Haltom also had 2 sacks and contributed nicely on both offense and defense. Our defense stopped Mathis 3 times inside the 30 yard line in the 2nd half. Capping it off with a forced fumble by Elias Hernandez. Justin DeLeon sealed the victory with a bruising 18 yard run to gain a much needed 1st down. Pirates win 6 – 0.
Coach Bippert Coach Alvarez Coach Robles Coach Trevino
Breaking away from traditional teaching, this year students in Mr. Corona’s 8th grade class will have the opportunity to select from 15 different business and computer technology “Self-Paced Learning Modules”.
For a detailed list and a brief description of each learning module, CLICK HERE.
In the last week of July, Mr. Corona and 23 other teachers from across the country attended the "U.S. Air Force/FIRST Leadership Experience" in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This was the 6th year the U.S. Air Force hosted this annual event. All who attended were members of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Robotic Engineering teachers, sponsors, coaches and mentors, spent 5 days becoming familiar with the U.S. Air Force Academy and the many opportunities available.
To learn more details and to view a slide show, visit Mr. Corona's blog.
Among all the busy "End-of-Year" school activities, students are treated to a school dance and Fun Day! inflatables. A special thanks to everyone who made this all possible. Check out pictures and a few video clips at: www.joecorona.net
At yesterday's meeting, the Lytle Junior High Robotics Team presented membership certificates and membership cards to its newest members for the 2017 - 2018 school year. Pictures of the new members are available at our TechnoPirates Blog:
The 7th Grade Computer Science students have just completed a major app similar to one found in a museum. Using MIT App Inventor, this 9 screen app catalogs vintage pieces of older technology I have in my classroom. If you have ever been to a museum or major attraction where you use or rent devices to take a self-guided tour, this is similar. Here is a sample of one app as it is viewed on an Android Tablet.
Here is a video link to the app in action: Click Here
Some of these apps were sent to the Director of Curators at the "San Antonio Children's Doseum". Her and another gentleman at the "San Antonio Museum of Technology" have offered to view the apps and provide some feedback to our students. We're all anxious to see and hear how the apps are viewed by professionals.
It is time once again to prepare our video for the 8th Grade "End of Year" ceremony and baby pictures are needed. As in the past with all 8th Grade baby pictures, they will be scanned and returned.
Last week, an invitation from the office of Congressman Henry Cuellar was extended to one lucky Lytle Junior High student to attend the Joint Session of Congress on February 28, 2017. An LJH student and their parent would receive free airfare and hotel accommodations to Washington, D.C..
Students were asked to submit a 5 paragraph essay on the role of President and participate in an interview regarding their interest in attending.
Congratulations to Rylan Wagner, 8th grader at Lytle Junior High School, for winning the competition. He and his parent will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to attend the Joint Session of Congress.