The Midnight Cicadas head to Houston for World Championships

The Globe Union School District Robotics Team, the Midnight Cicadas, have safely arrived in Houston to compete at the FIRST World Championships. We successfully landed at the George R. Brown Convention Center Wednesday afternoon (April 17) with our robot unpacked and intact from its long journey east. 

We begin competition tomorrow (Thursday, April 18) to continue through at least Friday, and to see what the future holds for the playoff rounds. 

It was an exciting first day here in Houston with over 700 teams competing on six fields for the preliminary rounds. 

The Cicadas have been selected to compete in the Roebling division, named after German-born U.S. Civil Engineer John Roebling. We will blast off for our first match around 9:45 a.m. on April 19. 

The team was overwhelmed by the sheer number of attendees and event scale, with all four of the FIRST Robotics program divisions competing throughout the convention center. 

This trip marks the initial outing for many of the team, in terms of participation for this scope and magnitude. 

Their comments and primary objectives for the event ranged from excitement to explore a new city, meet many amazing teams and students from around the world, learn effective and innovative mechanical robot designs and to just try and squeeze the most out of this experience as possible. 

Check out our website for updates to the event and match video links at 

We will also publish a post-event article the week after we return. 

Thanks again to this wonderful greater Globe/Miami community for supporting us so wholeheartedly, thereby allowing us to compete at this incredible world championship. 

We are always so overwhelmed and exceedingly grateful for your generosity. Some of the amazing partners we’d like to thank are GUSD, United Fund of Globe-Miami, Freeport McMoRan local, Capstone Mining, Resolution Copper, AJAX Ltd., Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, Globe Rotary, Globe/Miami Memorial Foundation, Boeing, Golden Oldies Car Club, Bloom on Broad and our tax credit donors. 

Please see our Facebook page for news and photo uploads too — The Midnight Cicadas — GUSD STEM.


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