Inland Empire Regional Recap

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

The following teams and individuals earned top honors at the Inland Empire 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 3880, The Tiki Techs – Kailua-Kona, HI

69399_429647820458131_710521152_nThe Inland Empire 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 team has an extensive outreach program that encompasses many STEM facets such as FLL, Science Olympiad and Bot Ball to name a few.  Their goal is providing the next generation of students with the skills to succeed including OSHA Safety Certification, Skills USA Partnering and securing $1.5 million in private scholarships  for their team’s 100% college bound students.  The judges share the team’s motto of “kula i ka nu’u” or “strive for the summit”.”

Engineering Inspiration

Team 399, Eagle Robotics – Lancaster, CA

45335_429647650458148_1543914345_nThe 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 has made promotion of engineering a primary driving force of all their members’ activities.  They spend their personal time and resources mentoring FLL teams, FTC teams and fellow FRC teams as well as serving their community by organizing blood drives.  They are now taking their outreach global by expanding their YouTube channel to include an instructional FRC team creation video and of course their own Harlem Shake offering.

The Engineering Inspiration award goes to Team 399, Eagle Robotics”

Regional Winners

425150_429645630458350_1364587101_nTeam 1538, The Holy Cows
San Diego, CA

Team 2485, WARLords
San Diego, CA

Team 968, RAWC
West Covina, CA


Rookie All-Star Award
Team 4470, TiGears from Placentia, CA

67959_429647423791504_1326074664_nThis 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 –

“This rookie team has a core foundation and will grow into a solid team in the FIRST family.  The team has actively worked with FTC in the Los Angeles area and is outstanding with fundraising capabilities, even going so far as to provide financial support to an existing FRC team.  The team knows all the nuts and bolts of the Ultimate Ascent playing field by volunteering and assisting with field set-up – not only practice fields but 4 regional FRC events over the past four weeks.  this rookie team has clawed their way to the top of the rookie teams at the Inland Empire Regional.

The Rookie All Star award goes to team 4470, the TiGears!”

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award
Steve Zimmerman
Mentor for Team 2429

8610426992_933f66c695A 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 –

“The selected mentor started this team at his school several years ago. As the team grew, they moved to a bigger work area. His team is not only involved in FRC, FTC and FLL.  Growth in this case includes 10 different robotics activities.

This mentor knows that by working with parents, FIRST will grow in the community. His efforts continue to bring this team together as a big robotics family.

Please welcome the 2013 Inland Empire Woodie Flowers Award Recipient, Steve Zimmerman of FRC Team 2429”


Dean’s List Finalist: Honoring FIRST Student Superstars
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist #1 – William Goishi, Team 1422 – Fresno, CA
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist #2 – David Lepore, Team 4470  – Placentia, CA


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 Inland Empire Regional! See the list here.

FIRST Impressions
Throughout each day, we saw numerous first hand examples of FIRST values and qualities. One that we’d like to share is a story about a Team Without A Mentor.

8609434141_4cb0823030On Thursday, the call went out over the volunteer’s radios . . . “uh, we have a team here with no mentor”.  And so began the inspirational story of other teams, mentors, and volunteers pulling together to help Team 4736 The Slumber Jacks. A mentor from a nearby team adopted 4736 and became their mentor for the day. Other teams came by to help them build a set of bumpers, help with robot repairs and even take the team out to the field to help with strategy. Thursday evening found The Slumber Jacks talking about all the help they received and excited to come back on Friday to compete.

By Saturday, there was a complete transformation of The Slumber Jacks. With the efforts of the team and the help of plenty of new found friends, the students of Team 4736 had fought their way to the 19th rank team and earned the Highest Rookie Seed award. The team went home inspired and ready to come back next year and do even better.

We hope you too had a profound experience at the Inland Empire 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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