MISSION, RGV – FIRST RGV, the non-profit that encourages students to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and math, has produced a video about its recent FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition.

The event attracted close to 700 students from across the Valley and was held at the Royal Technologies advanced manufacturing plant in Mission. The best 48 teams out of more than 140 middle and high school teams competed at the event.

Among the dignitaries to attend were former NASA astronaut Michael Fossum, Julian Alvarez, commissioner for labor on the Texas Workforce Commission, Mission Mayor Armando O’Caña, Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation executive director Mario Lozoya, Rio South Texas Economic Council executive director Matt Ruszczak, and Royal Technologies’ plant manager Trung Cao Nguyen.

“What is going on here today is amazing. Look at these students. Middle school, high school students, they are using creativity, they are learning about mechanical devices. This is mind-blowing. This is so cool to see the energy in the Valley from this program,” Fossum said.

“I am just so glad to see so many young girls in these types of programs. STEM occupations are not just for boys. They are for young girls too,” said Alvarez.

“I think it is important to connect them (students) with industry because as they are working hard and competing and having fun, what is the end game? The end game is developing skills to prepare them for the future,” Nguyen said. 

Editor’s Note: Click here to read our previous story about the FIRST RGV event at Royal Technologies.