Congratulations to the 50 Teams from California, Colorado, China and the Netherlands PLUS all the Mentors, Volunteers, Sponsors, Friends and Family members who participated in the 4th Annual Orange County FIRST Robotics Regional, Feb 27 – Mar 2, 2019!


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

Regional Chairman’s Award

Team 3309, Friarbots from Anaheim, 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 …

“They fuel the mission of FIRST into Deep Space with cost free STEM outreach activities.  They make a deep impact on the FIRST community by hosting events for teams from galaxies far, far away. This team also lights the way for the future with “out of this world” summer camps and Battleship Blast.”

Engineering Inspiration

Team 4481, Team Rembrandts from Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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 …

“This team brings energy and happiness as they work with alliance partners to support teams within FIRST and hold mind blowing outreach events and SolidWorks tutorials. This team inspires FLL, FTC and FRC, all levels of FIRST, to blast off with passion for STEM. They fuel the mission of engineering with youth inspiring youth and support for a round the clock call center. If things get complicated, bring in the Dutch.

Regional Winners

Team 330, The Beach Bots from Hermosa Beach, CA
Team 973, Greybots from Atascadero, CA
Team 597, The Wolverines from Los Angeles, CA

Rookie All-Star Award

Team 7447, Ronin Robotics from Irvine, CA
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 …

“In the midst of creating their very own robot they have committed a generous amount of community service directly related to middle school robotics programs. By combining forces with tech, innovation and programming they have become bulldogs for inspiring others. These samurai inspire students to pursue an education and career in STEM.”

Regional Finalists

(Advancing to Championships because of 3 Wild Cards)
Team 4079, Quantum Leap from Cypress, CA
Team 4276, Surf City Vikings from Huntington Beach, CA
Team 5805, SMbly Required from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Dean’s List Finalist

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Adrian Machado from Team 3309, Friarbots
FIRST Dean’s List Finalist – Marc Anthony Maciel from Team 7157, μBotics
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

Shaoni Bandyopadhyay – Mentor for Team 812, The Midnight Mechanics

Additional Awards

Congratulations to the Teams and individuals that earned the remaining awards at the Orange County Regional! See the list 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 PWC, Marathon, Walt Disney Imagineering, Applied Medical, Southern California Edison, Boeing, Comcast, Coxs, First American, Hewlett Packard.

Media Attention

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