• Silicon Valley Regional Recap

    Congratulations to ALL Teams, Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the Silicon Valley Regional and helped to create an exciting and memorable weekend.

    The following teams and individuals earned top honors at the Regional and will be going on to compete at the Championships in St. Louis in April.  We wish them the best of luck!

    Regional Chairman’s Award
    Team 604, Quixilver – San Jose, CA

    8652936882_df2b06c514The Silicon Valley Chairman’s Award represents the true spirit of FIRST.  It honors the team that best serves as a model for other teams to emulate and that embodies the goals of FIRST.  It remains FIRST’s most prestigious team award.  The Chairman’s Award is presented to the team judged to have the most significant measurable impact of its partnerships among its participants, school, and community over a sustained period, not just a single build season or school year. The winner is able to demonstrate progress towards FIRST’s mission of transforming our culture.  The recipient will be invited to the FIRST Championship where it will compete for the Chairman’s Award against the winners from all the other qualifying events.

    Here’s what the Judges had to say –

    “This year’s Regional Chairman’s award winner is “leading the way” by successfully bringing new high-level technology classes to its campus, as well as to other regional schools.

    Actively involved in multiple FIRST programs, over the past three years this team has put on numerous workshops, held qualify tournaments and mentored and supported over 20 teams for participants of all ages.

    In partnership with its sponsors, this team developed and deployed innovative and user-friendly classroom curriculum.  This year their internationalized versions of this material are being used in foreign language classes at their school and are in the process of being extended to the rest of the school district.

    Taking “international cooperation” to a new level, their impact extends to four countries and features long-term educational partnerships.  Members of this committed team have invested months of their own time teaching STEM concepts and FIRST principles in remote villages and schools.

    This year, the team created dozens of exciting school and community presentations and member workshops.  For a recent project, the team borrowed specialized equipment from its sponsor to create a robot building day on campus where participants learned basic building and programming concepts.

    Whether they are busy sending books to local schools or inspiring children in India and Tanzania, this team knows how to spread STEM excitement.

    In the final analysis, the enthusiasm, passion and professionalism displayed by this team’s presenters proved to the judges that this sterling group of young leaders belongs at the top of the pyramid.

    The Silicon Valley Regional Chaiman’s Award is awarded to Team 604, Quixilver.”

    Engineering Inspiration

    Team 233, Team Pink – Rockledge/Cocoa Beach, FL

    8651838049_943ca7abceThe Engineering Inspiration Award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school and community.  This team will advance to the Championships and receive a $5000 grant toward registration.

    Here’s what the judges had to say –

    “This team is a book with a striking cover, but don’t judge!  The story inside is incredibly compelling.  This team shows incredible entrepreneurship, far-reaching mentorship and inspiring outreach.  Their story speaks volumes at high volume! A team so inspirational that they will make you dance.

    The Engineering Inpiration Award goes to Team 233, Team Pink!”

    Regional Winners


    Team 254, Cheesy Poofs,
    San Jose,CA

    Team 118, Robonauts
    League City, TX

    Team 1967, Janksters
    San Jose, CA


    Rookie All-Star Award
    Team 4543, Apollo Robotics from San Jose, CA

    3904This award celebrates a 1st year team demonstrating an early but strong partnership effort, implementing the mission of FIRST.  Its winner understands what FIRST is really trying to accomplish and realizes that technical work is fun and challenging, made better by building a partnership among team, community and school.  This is not an easy challenge for a rookie team but the judges want to recognize and reward one team that got it right.

    Here’s what the judges had to say –

    “Reaching out applies to more that extending robot arms up the pyramid.  This team started from scratch, going far beyond their circumstances and experience to touch classmates, familes, community and other teams.  They propelled themselves and those around them, fielding a multi-funtional robot. Apollo is synonymous with inspiration and so is this team.

    The Rookie All-Star Award goes to Team 4543, Apollo Robotics.”


    Woodie Flowers Finalist Award
    Dr. John Best
    Mentor for Team 604

    8651782639_444dff0bebA few years after helping Dean Kamen create FIRST, Dr. William Murphy founded the Woodie Flowers Award with the intent to celebrate effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design. At the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, the essays of this year’s finalists will be combined with previous finalists. One mentor will receive the Championship Woodie Flowers Award.

    Here’s what the judges had to say –

    “One essay described a mentor who does it all.  This mentor guides his students in mechanical, electrical and software design while still finding the time to mentor other teams in all aspects of an FRC team.  This mentor has a vision for the broader scope of FIRST and has remained involved in FLL while still serving as a key volunteer at regional events. He continues to mentor long after his son has graduated.  This mentor truly brings out the best in everyone.

    Please join us in congratulating the 2013 Silicon Valley Woodie Flowers Finalist Award winner from Team 604, Dr. John Best.”


    Dean’s List Finalist: Honoring FIRST Student Superstars
    FIRST Dean’s List Finalist #1 – Tiffany Chen, Team 4765 – Los Altos Hills, CA
    FIRST Dean’s List Finalist #2 – Brian Silverman, Team 971  – Mountain View, CA


    8652937650_014e74d8e6In an effort to recognize the leadership and dedication of FIRST’s most outstanding FRC students, the Kamen family sponsors an award for selected top students known as the FIRST Dean’s List.

    This award celebrates a student’s outstanding leadership and effectiveness in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school, as well as their community. FIRST Dean’s List Finalists will compete at the championship for the FIRST Dean’s List.



    Additional Awards
    Congratulations to the Teams and individuals that earned the remaining awards at the Silicon Valley Regional! See the list here.

    Share Your Stories!
    We hope you too had a profound experience at the Silicon Valley.  We’d love to hear your stories.  Please consider sharing them with us here in the comments below or on our facebook page.  Photo and video links welcome!

    Relive the Memories!