Spectrum 3847 Advances to FIRST World Championship

Houston, TX, April 11, 2022- - Eighty teams from across Texas and New Mexico competed in the FIRST in Texas District/UIL State Championships on April 6 - 10 held at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Spectrum 3847, the St. Agnes Academy and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory engineering team, earned the title of FIRST in Texas District Championship Finalist and secured a berth for the FIRST World Championships. 

At the State Championship, the team was awarded the Finalist Award, Mercury Division Winner Award, and the Gracious Professionalism Award. Spectrum Coach Allen Gregory IV was given the First in Texas Volunteer of the Year Award. Also, Andres Ramirez was awarded FIRST Dean’s List Finalist and will advance to FIRST Championships. 

Spectrum will compete against 200 teams at the George R. Brown Convention Center on April 20 - 23, 2022. The team is one of the twenty-three teams from the Texas/New Mexico district to head to the FIRST Worlds Championships. Hosted by FIRST headquarters, FIRST Championship is a culminating international event for our youth robotics competition season and an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

At the FIRST in Texas Championship, Spectrum competed in the Mercury Division and was ranked third. Spectrum was selected first by the #2 seed alliance team captain CRyptonite 624. Cerberus 7616 completed the #2 alliance.  In the Mercury Division playoffs, they competed against the #1 alliance of Black Hawk Robotics 3310, RoboChargers 3005, and Droid Rage 3035 to win the playoffs and emerge as the Mercury Division winner.

In the Grand Final Championship matches, they completed against the #1 Apollo Division alliance of Valor 6800, Robowranglers 148, and The P-51 Mustangs 1745 who won 2-0 and claimed the title of FIRST In Texas District Champions.

“We are excited to be heading to FIRST World Championships on April 20 to compete against some incredible FRC teams. Spectrum is ranked third in Texas and my students have worked incredibly hard.” said Head Coach Allen Gregory. “For the Dean’s List award, we are thrilled Andres Ramirez has advanced as a Finalist. He is one of four students from the Texas & New Mexico region to be selected. As a Finalist, Andres will participate in the championship round of interviews for the Dean’s List Award. Andres is a great example of a student leader who has led Photon FRC 8515 (our developmental team), achieved personal technical expertise, and helped other teams at events.”

2022 Season Accomplishments:

Team 3847's 2022 Awards
  • District Championship Finalist - FIRST In Texas District Championship
  • District Championship Winner - FIRST In Texas District Championship - Mercury Division
  • Gracious Professionalism Award - FIRST In Texas District Championship - Mercury Division
  • Volunteer of the Year Presented to Allen Gregory IV - FIRST In Texas District Championship
  • Dean’s List Finalist Award - Andres Ramirez
  • District Event Winner - FIT District Pasadena Event #1
  • Gracious Professionalism Award - FIT District Pasadena Event #1
  • District Event Winner - FIT District Dripping Springs Event
  • Quality Award - - FIT District Dripping Springs Event

SPECTRUM FRC #3847 and Photon FRC #8515

Spectrum is a FIRST Robotics Team (FRC) #3847 from Houston, Texas. Photon FRC #8515 is Spectrum’s developmental team geared towards new students.

Photon was created to allow new students a chance to have more hands-on experience during the season and get to compete at 2 District events with the robot they built. Photon used the Everybot 2022 Design and made minor adjustments  based on the way that Spectrum often designs and builds robots.

Spectrum and Photon are sponsored by St. Agnes Academy, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, NASA, Solarcraft, Inc, Gene Haas Foundation, Analog Devices, Texas Workforce Commission, FIRST in Texas, Intuitive Foundation, International Society of Automation - Houston Chapter, and QADWorks.

The teams work together to spread engineering to others, build robots, and have fun. Spectrum and Photon are recognized for their hard work, community outreach, teamwork, and promoting Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) through robotics workshops, service, & mentoring in Texas and China and their use of social media: Instagram, Blog, Tumblr, Flickr, YouTube, Twitter & Facebook. http://www.spectrum3847.org


The mission of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. FRC is a six-week competition program for high-school students to build an 120 pound (54 kg) robots with help from their mentors, both teachers, and engineers from a variety of companies. The students learned about engineering, programming, marketing, media, teamwork, cooperation, and much more. Each team is organized like a small business with many different tasks for students to do in addition to robot construction.