LOCAL Houston | The City Guide June 2017 - Page 72

SCENE EVENT: FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP WHERE: GEORGE R. BROWN, MINUTE MAID PARK, DISCOVERY GREEN More than 15,000 students – from Kindergarten to 12th grade, from around the world – traveled to Houston, to put their innovation skills to the test at the annual FIRST Championship presented by Qualcomm Incorporated, at the George R. Brown, Minute Maid Park and Discovery Green. The four-day event, attended by nearly 30,000 people, came ended April 22 in front of thousands of cheering fans at Minute Maid Park when teams from FIRST ® Robotics Competition and FIRST® Tech Challenge competed in match finals. Four teams from Atascadero, California; Tucson, Arizona; Seattle, Washington; and Berkeley, California, earned the FIRST Robotics Competition Winning Alliance award. The Robonauts, a team made up from students from Clear Creek ISD and mentors, NASA engineers, made it to the final matches at Minute Maid Park, but ultimately fell short of the win. Inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. Photography provided by FIRST EVENT: CHILDREN’S ASSESSMENT CENTER 18TH ANNUAL SPIRIT OF SPRING LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW WHERE: ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL The Children’s Assessment Center celebrated their 18th Annual Spirit of Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show at the Royal Sonesta Hotel the evening of April 20. Supporters raised $250,000 for programs that are critical to the healing of child victims of sexual abuse. The guest speak- er, Rachel Thomas, M. Ed., Director of Sowers Education Group and a survivor of human trafficking, shared her story of triumph over tragedy and how her team of educa- tors sow seeds of sex trafficking awareness and survivor empowerment. Event Chairs Ericka Bagwell, Diane Caplan and Ursaline Hamilton and Underwriting Chairs Rhonda and Mike Graff planned a delightful afternoon with the perfect mix of fabulous spring and summer fashions coupled with a focus on the issues of child sexual abuse and how this com- munity can better protect our children. Neiman Marcus presented “The Art of Fashion” with a special showing of Spring 2017 from Lafayette 148. Photography by Kim Coffman 72 L O C A L | june 17