Congratulations to the 42 Teams from California and Switzerland PLUS all the Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the Ventura FIRST Robotics Regional from March 27-30, 2019!


The following teams and individuals earned top honors at the Ventura Regional and earned their way to compete at the FIRST Championships in Houston in April.

Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 4201, Vitruvian Bots from El Segundo, CA
The 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.
What the judges had to say …

“This team exists to inspire students to become learners and innovators. Using exploration and inclusion in a spacecraft designed to support FIRST crew members. They are launching many to infinity and beyond. Their home is a small galaxy in the universe of FIRST.

Engineering Inspiration

Team 2486, CocoNuts from Flagstaff, AZ
The 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 NASA grant toward registration.
What the judges had to say …

“Houston-we have a problem. This team has the solution with over 40,000 hours connecting to other teams, producing training programs, spreading enthusiasm, and building a legacy. Their influence lights up the universe. Mars rover, Mars rover-send the CocoNuts right over!”

Regional Winners

Team 5199, Dolphin Robots from Outer Space from San Juan Capistrano, CA
Team 4414, HighTide from Ventura, CA
Team 6934, Scorps from Camarillo, CA

Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7650, Monte Pacis Robotics from Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
This 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.
What the judges had to say …

“This team’s inspiration and dedication to each other has outweighed the best. The calculated effort of this team allowed them to build a functionally designed robot. The robotic movement was hands down as precise as a Swiss Watch’s timing.”

Regional Finalists

(Advancing to Championships because of 3 Wild Cards)
Team 294, Beach Cities Robotics from Redondo Beach, CA
Team 114, Eaglestrike from Los Altos, CA
Team 7887, Final Frontier from Camarillo, CA

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Isabel Guerrero from Team 3512
What the judges had to say …

This finalist started with a passion for FLL and Robotics. This has grown into her commitment to business and financial acuity for the team with grant writing, fund raising, balance sheets and planning. Her enthusiasms, energy, and attitude values everyone and will be useful in her future goals in medicine.

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Giovanni Giacalone from Team 1138
What the judges had to say …

“This finalist has a great appreciation for all the opportunities and assistance he received. He is humble and believes that his priority should be paying it forward with summer camps, mentoring FLL teams and starting a FTC team. He is an expert in CAD with a Solidworks Certification and teaches freshmen design principles which will be useful to his future in Robotics Bio medicine.”

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.

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award

Fazlul Zubair from Team 4201, The Vitruvian Bots.
Learn more about Fazlul in this recent post about Raytheon’s support of FIRST.

Additional Awards

Congratulations to the Teams and individuals that earned the remaining awards at the Ventura Regional! See the list here.



Link to full article and video here.


An immense THANK YOU to all the Sponsors who contributed to this very successful Regional with funding, mentors, volunteers and enthusiasm! Regional Sponsors include the Gene Haas Foundation and Ventura College.

We hope you too had a memorable experience at the Ventura 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!
(Cover photo credit: Team 4414, HighTide)