Pflugerville High’s robotics team will take part in a statewide competition next month in Frisco, the district announced Tuesday.

Pflugerville ISD said Pflugerville High Engineering and Robotics (Team PHEAR) took first in the Large School UIL Division in October at the Capitol BEST (Boosting Engineering Science and Technology) regional contest. PHEAR took second place overall, and qualified for the Texas BEST and UIL State Robotics Championship.

“There a lot of work to do between now and Dec. 8,” said team coach Chris Riola. “But I’m pretty confident in them. They’ve got a good robot. This would be like winning state in football, but it’s robotics.”

The team designed and built their robot using a set list of materials in six weeks. For the Capitol BEST contest, the 31 teams in the competition used their robots “in a game involving the planting and harvesting foam crops and corralling escaped plastic pigs,” PfISD said.

The district added the PHS robotics team has finished as high as third place at Texas BEST in 16 years of competition, and finished in fifth place in 2015. This year is the first time the team qualified for state with a top two finish at the regional event.

Texas BEST will be Dec. 8-10 in Frisco, and will include high school and middle school teams from Texas and New Mexico. GO HERE for more information on the competition.