Sacramento Regional Recap

Congratulations to ALL Teams, Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the Sacramento 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 1868, The Space Cookies – Moffett Field, CA

8651710271_90cfe19a84The Sacramento 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 –

“For a number of years, this team has been growing steadily in many dimensions.  They certainly do it all.

From their structured workshops for training rookie members, to their influence in changing the culture of their high schools,  to their extensive volunteer activities in the community,  this team exemplifies all of the qualities we look for in a model representative of FIRST. Of particular note has been their engagement in STEM activities for young people. These have been lauded by the media and awarded at state and national levels.  Their management structure is very professional.  Their activities don’t just happen. They are well planned with the effective use of social & electronic media.

This leads to effective team management across a broad geographical area, effective recruiting and retention of sponsors, keeping their many fans in touch with their many exciting activities.  Their members go on to college and into STEM careers at a truly remarkable rate.

Their ability to inspire new members to achieve career goals that they may have never thought  possible, is a true measure of their value to our society.  Are you looking for innovative ways to spread the FIRST message?”  How about working with NASA to drive the team’s robot from the International Space Station? Is that cool, or what?!

One day theirs may be known as the FIRST  “Bot  Hurled  ‘Round  The  World”. We are extremely proud to present the 2013 Sacramento Regional Chairman’s Award to Team 1868, The Space Cookies”

Engineering Inspiration

Team 701, Team Robovikes – Vanden High School in Fairfield, CA

8651710903_8b94649f3dThe 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 –

“With a fair and demanding captain, a seasoned and dedicated crew, this sturdy vessel has sailed the perilous seas of Sacramento spreading the principles of FIRST. From the horizon to horizon they have mentored summer workshops, started eight vex teams, sponsored FLL events and provided robotics demonstrations to budding middle school engineers.

With a solid profit plan, they have assisted other area teams to build strong lasting cooperative financial relationships.

With mainsails of green always ready to catch the educational wind, this team has consistently steered others to achieve what was thought to be unachievable.  For over ten years they have been the keystone of the UC Davis/ Sacramento Event.

Their proud Viking ship and crew can return home to Fairfield with the respect and thanks of the FIRST organization.

The 2013 Engineering Inspiration Award goes to team 701 the RoboVikes. “

Regional Winners

8651710297_0ae041fa21Team 701, Robovikes
Fairfield, CA

Team 3189, Circuit Breakers
Placerville, CA

Team 2489, Insomniacs
Fremont, CA


Rookie All-Star Award
Team 4666, Robowolves from Roseville, CA

Robowolves Going to World CompetitionThis 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 –

“Our Rookie All Star Award is presented to a team inspired by the dedication and drive of an outstanding student leader and aided by their relationship with a sister team from far away. Sacramento Regional is this team’s maiden competition, but long before building their first bot, they hosted a clinic for elementary age kids and spread the FIRST message by postering the entire school with an invitation to join.

Congratulations to Team 4666 – the Robowolves!”

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award

Mark Edelman
Mentor for Team 2489

8651693987_936bdcd76dA 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 –

“You told of mentors that inspire, mentors that support, mentors that provide the help you need to accomplish tasks you never thought you could.  This team also described their mentor as someone that influenced their entire way of thinking, changed their perspective, and expanded their outreach beyond their team, beyond their community, beyond their biggest dreams.This mentor thinks that one can play at learning.  He has shown his team and his community how to dream bigger.  This team wants to thank their mentor and friend. The Sacramento Woodie Flower Finalist Award goes to Mark Edelman from team 2489.  Congratulations.”

You can read the essay that Mark’s team submitted here.

Dean’s List Finalist: Honoring FIRST Student Superstars
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist #1 – Karen Lu, Team 3256 – San Jose, CA
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist #2 – Suzannah Osekowsky, Team 1868  – Moffett Field, CA

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In 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 Sacramento Regional! See the list here.

FIRST Impressions
Throughout each day, we saw numerous first hand examples of FIRST values and qualities – Gracious Professionalism, Coopertition, Critical Thinking, Team Work and Leadership to name a few.  One story of many that we’d like to share is a great example of how Gracious Professsionalism helped a rookie team in a bind.

40544046As a team brand new to the world of FIRST, Rookie All-Star winners are often caught off guard when winning this prestigious award which invites them to Championships.  Having a crate to ship their robot was farthest from the Robowolves’ mind at the Sacramento Regional.

Coming to the rescue, the Fembots offered a helping hand and graciously loaned their crate to Robowolves so that they could meet the March 28 deadline to ship their robot. The Robowolves were able to pack their robot in the Fembots iconic pink crate and it was shipped off to the Championships. We thank the Fembots for their Gracious Professionalism in loaning their crate to a rookie team in need.

A BIG THANK YOU to Volunteers from the FIRST Volunteer Coordinator, Janet McKinley
8652812310_63f9b5f1e1(1)“The 2013 Sacramento Regional was a big success, and it could not have happened without the help of more than a hundred volunteers.  Dedicated volunteers come from all over – professionals, team mentors and parents, UC Davis students, even FIRST team members.

All of my volunteers are eager to help and make the event run smooth.  When there is a need for extra people, teams always come through to help with crowd control and handing out safety glasses in the pits, sometimes for a couple of hours, sometimes for the whole day.  And some even come to Volunteer Check-in each day asking if there is anything they can do.  It is very encouraging to see the same people volunteering at this event year after year, and equally inspiring to see all the new faces.

It is a great thing to see people volunteering their time to put on a huge event like this.  It is even greater to see them smiling, eager to help, for 3 days in a row, and to come back year after year and say thank you for the opportunity.  FIRST Volunteers are the best!”

Share Your Stories!
We hope you too had a profound experience at the Sacramento Regional.  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!

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  1. Kristie Olson says:

    As a proud parent off one of the Vanden High School RoboVikes, I can’t tell you how happy and excited we were to be there when they won their first regional championship with their “Green” Alliance partners. It was a moment in time I will never forget. Thank you to everyone involved for all your hard work on behalf of our kids! On to St. Louis we go RoboVikes!

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