Put the electronics away, it’s time to play!

Last week, 30 students from Alief Independent School District competed in a fun and friendly creative competition. Alief middle schoolers brought their A-games to build the best robot designs for our Think Outside the Box! BoxBot Contest. They created awesome robots out of two cardboard boxes and other recycled materials of their choosing.

BoxBot Finalists

We were so impressed by the results that we couldn’t just pick one winner! Instead, we picked five winners were selected — one in first place and two each in second and third places. The first-place winner received a new iPad, second place winners got Beats by Dre, and the third place winners received Kindle Fires. In addition to these prizes, The Houston Children’s Museum awarded the top 5 a year membership to the museum! The winning builders were:

  • 1st – Maria Gonzalez (Alief Middle School)
  • 2nd – Jacqueline Quintero (Alief Middle School)
  • 2nd – Chelsea Nicholas (O’Donnell Middle School)
  • 3rd – Jazell Moreira (Alief Middle School)
  • 3rd – Gustavo Gilly (Alief Middle School)

The winners were judged by local community leaders, including representatives from: The Children’s Museum of Houston, International District, Houston Apartment Association, Morgan Group, Wood Residential Services, The Dinerstein Companies, Francis Property Management, Tarantino Properties, Inc. Superb, Greystar, Rockstar Capital Management, LLC, as well as votes from social media.

There were impressive robots ranging from foil and feather covered automatons to Ninja Turtles, Batman, and a Transformer. Check out the winning designs below:

top 5 boxbot winners

Think Outside the Box!

The contest was inspired by our winning entry at the HAA Expo in May. We created an 8-foot-tall model of the Houston skyline out of cardboard. It took four patient team members, over 125 hours, 700 sticks of hot glue, and a LOT of cardboard. The display included famous Houston sights like the GRB Convention Center and Discovery Green. You can now check out the Box City at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Now through Sept. 9 you can find it outside the Invention Convention.

The experience of building reminded us of our love for creativity and unique thinking, which we wanted to impart on the future leaders of our Houston community.

“At Ameritex Movers, we love to be creative and to Think Outside the Box!,” said company owner Beth Rohani. “That’s why the BoxBot Contest is the perfect pairing to our Cardboard City display at the Children’s Museum. It allows us the opportunity to share this amazing experience with Alief and to spark the imagination and creativity of the kiddos in the community.”

Additionally, we donated 150 tickets to the Children’s Museum and provided the boxes and prizes for Alief students. We hope this exposure to the arts will inspire students to keep embracing their artistic sides. Overall, we believe it is important to be a positive role model in the community in order to be a good positive influence for the residents and visitors alike.

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