Catlain Melendez, junior, and Theodore Oatman, a sophomore at Shoemaker High School, roll their team’s robot out from their booth in the pit to the competition arena at the FIRST Robotics Competition on Friday at Irving Convention Center in Irving. Melendez’s mother, Dr. Sandra Melendez, far left, sponsors the team. “It’s been exhilarating just being here,” Catlain Melendez said.

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